An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality

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University of California Press, 2. juuli 2007 - 392 pages
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's 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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Contents

Sexual Foundations
1
1 Drawers
18
2 Corsets and Girdles
47
3 Brassieres
79
4 The Meaning of Black Lingerie
113
Intimate Apparel Advertising
174
Intimate Apparel Workers and Union Culture
217
7 Return of the Repressed Waist 19471952
256
Bra vs Bra Feminist Intimate Apparel Art
272
Notes
289
Index
361
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Jill Fields is Professor of History at California State University, Fresno.

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