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Skirts, fashioning modern femininity in the twentieth century, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

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Skirts, fashioning modern femininity in the twentieth century, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Illustrations
illustrationsplates
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Skirts
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
1289243991
Responsibility statement
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Sub title
fashioning modern femininity in the twentieth century
Summary
"In a sparkling, beautifully illustrated social history, Skirts traces the shifting roles of women over the twentieth century through the era's most iconic and influential dresses. While the story of women's liberation has often been framed by the growing acceptance of pants over the twentieth century, the most important and influential female fashions of the era featured skirts. Suffragists and soldiers marched in skirts; the heroines of the Civil Rights Movement took a stand in skirts. Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe revolutionized modern art and Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes in skirts. When NASA put a man on the moon, "the computer wore a skirt," in the words of one of those "computers", mathematician Katherine G. Johnson. As women made strides towards equality in the voting booth, the workforce, and the world at large, their wardrobes evolved with them. They did not need to "wear the pants" to be powerful or progressive; the dress itself became modern as designers like Mariano Fortuny, Coco Chanel, Jean Patou, and Diane von Furstenberg redefined femininity for a new era. Skirts looks at the history of twentieth-century womenswear through the lens of game-changing styles like the Little Black Dress and the Bar Suit, as well as more obscure innovations like the Taxi dress or the Popover dress, which came with a matching potholder. These influential garments illuminate the times in which they were first worn-and the women who wore them-while continuing to shape contemporary fashion and even opening the door for a genderfluid future of skirts. At once an authoritative work of history and a delightfully entertaining romp through decades of fashion, Skirts charts the changing fortunes, freedoms, and aspirations of women themselves"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- The Delphos : goddess dressing -- The tennis skirt : changing the game -- The little black dress : women in uniform -- The wrap dress : working it -- The strapless dress : women on the brink -- The bar suit : reinventing the postwar woman -- The naked dress : daring to bare -- The miniskirt : fashion's final frontier -- The midi skirt : divider of nations -- The bodycon dress : anatomy as accessory -- Conclusion : the future of skirts
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