Fashion and Women's Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 314 pages
This entertaining book by an early 20th-century authority on fashion not only describes what Englishwomen wore in the 19th century but also attempts to explain why they clothed themselves as they did. In a light, amusing and readable fashion, C. Willett Cunnington considers the importance of being "in fashion" and the longing to imitate — in appearance — those in the same social group. The desire to be sexually attractive is also examined, as is the counter-effort, to conceal sexual features. A carefully researched work on a fascinating subject.
 

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The author's smug and superior style irritated me no end, and his analysis of fashion is uninformed and dated. (Remember that this work is over 70 years old.) For example: "We can recognise, now, that ... Read full review

Contents

CHAP PAGE I Introduction I
1
The Vertical Epoch
23
The Dawn of Romance
52
The Romantic 30s
77
The Sentimental 40s
100
The Perfect Lady of the 50s
135
The Revolting 60s
167
The Ornamental 70s
201
The Symbolic 8os
236
The Prudes Progress in the gos
275
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307
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