An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality / Edition 1

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Overview

Intimate apparel, a term in use by 1921, has played a crucial role in the development of the "naughty but nice" feminine ideal that emerged in the twentieth century. An Intimate Affair takes the reader on a tour of the world of women's intimate apparel and arrives at nothing less than a sweeping view of twentieth-century women's history via the undergarments women wore. Lavishly illustrated throughout, An Intimate Affair is a provocative examination of the ways cultural meanings are orchestrated by the "fashion-industrial complex," and the ways in which individuals and groups embrace, reject, or derive meaning from these everyday, yet highly significant, intimate articles of clothing.

About the Author:
Jill Fields is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Ware
This wide-ranging and literate book is not a coffee table history of lingerie. Instead, it treats intimate apparel, a term first used in the 1920s, as social and cultural history…An Intimate Affair offers a rich and nuanced understanding of how pieces of everyday clothing reflect the changing historical context of women's lives just as much as they shape the actual contours of women's bodies. Reaching into the top drawer for a piece of black lingerie will never be the same.
—The Washington Post
T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“[A] fascinating account.”
H-Net Reviews

“A seminal American feminist history text. . . . The breadth of research and level of theoretical sophistication make it a key reference for any student of women’s fashion."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520252615
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jill Fields is Professor of History at California State University, Fresno.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Sexual Foundations
1. Drawers
2. Corsets and Girdles
3. Brassieres
4. The Meaning of Black Lingerie
5. The Invisible Woman: Intimate Apparel Advertising
6. The Production of Glamour: Intimate Apparel Workers and Union Culture
7. Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947–1952
Epilogue: Bra vs. Bra: Feminist Intimate Apparel Art

Notes
Index

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