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The House Dress: A Story of Eroticism and Fashion

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The idea of the house dress is closely related to the concept of housework and domesticity. At the same time, it is distinguished by not being a uniform, thanks in particular to the decorations of the fabric. Starting in the late 1940s, a whole series of movies contributed to its image through a gallery of remarkable female characters, the latest of which is Pedro Almodovar’s film Volver, with a female lead who is equipped with a wardrobe full of beautifully ornamented house dresses. After taking into account its...
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Overview

The idea of the house dress is closely related to the concept of housework and domesticity. At the same time, it is distinguished by not being a uniform, thanks in particular to the decorations of the fabric. Starting in the late 1940s, a whole series of movies contributed to its image through a gallery of remarkable female characters, the latest of which is Pedro Almodovar’s film Volver, with a female lead who is equipped with a wardrobe full of beautifully ornamented house dresses. After taking into account its distinctive and expressive features, author Elda Danese traces the circumstances that led to the success and the worldwide use of the house dress over a period spanning from the 1920s to the present.
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"This petite tome is a wonderful read! We couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. Truly riveting it's a great gift for your girlfriends & yourself...." ~LePetiteBlog.com

"...the book examines multiple aspects of the house dress, giving this piece of fashion history its due within the larger fashion canon." ~The Newark Star-Ledger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788831795258
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elda Danese teaches at the graduate course in fashion design at the IUAV University in Venice. She is interested in contemporary visual cultures, in fashion and fabric production. Danese cooperated with the "Centre for the study on fabric and custom" of Venetian Municipal Museums and published essays on contemporary textile and fashion.
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Table of Contents

The what and where of the housedress 11

A uniform for the home 31

From the uniform to the dress 41

Housedresses and movies 47

The perfect dress 61

Iconographic atlas 75

Bibliography 145

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