Pantaloons and Power: Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States

Pantaloons and Power: Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States

by Gayle V Fischer
ISBN-10:
0873386825
ISBN-13:
9780873386821
Pub. Date:
03/05/2001
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
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Pantaloons and Power: Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States

By the early nineteenth century clear definitions had developed regarding how American women and men were supposed to appear in public and how they were meant to lead their lives. As men’s style of dress moved from the ornate to the moderate, women’s fashions continued to be decorative and physically restrictive.

In Pantaloons and Power, Gayle V. Fischer depicts how the reformers’ denouncement of conventional dress highlighted the role of clothing in the struggle of power relations between the sexes. Wearing pantaloons was considered a subversive act and was often met with social ostracism.

This carefully researched interdisciplinary study successfully combines the fields of costume history, women’s history, material culture, and social history to tell the story of one highly charged dress reform and its resonance in nineteenth-century society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873386821
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 03/05/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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