An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality

An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality

By: Jill Fields (author)Paperback

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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. Jill Fields' engaging, imaginative, and sophisticated history of twentieth-century lingerie tours 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 they wore. Illustrated throughout and drawing on a wealth of evidence from fashion magazines, trade periodicals, costume artifacts, Hollywood films, and the records of organized labor, "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.

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About Author

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


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/06/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780520252615
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780520252615
  • weight: 472
  • ISBN10: 0520252616

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