Reforming Women's Fashion, 1850-1920: Politics, Health, and Art

By: Patricia Cunningham

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This first comprehensive study of women's dress reform considers the many advocates for reform and thoroughly examines their motives, their arguments for change, and how they promoted improvements in women's fashion. Drawing on a broad variety of primary and secondary sources, this volume will make a significant contribution to costume studies, social history, and women's studies.

Title: Reforming Women's Fashion, 1850-1920: Politics, Health, and Art

Author: Patricia Cunningham

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Categories: 19th Century,

Publisher: Kent State University Press: 2003

ISBN Number: 0-87338-742-2

ISBN Number 13: 9780873387422

Binding: Hardcover

Book Details: 264 pages, Kent State University Press

Seller ID: 387422

Description: The first comprehensive study of women's dress reform.
During the latter half of the nineteenth and the first decade of the twentieth centuries, books, periodicals, and newspapers were rich in discussions related to women's roles, health, beauty, and dress. Many believed that restrictive and unwieldy women's fashions compromised health, distorted women's true physical beauty, and curtailed the potential role of women in society. Reforming Women's Fashion, 1850-1920 focuses on the efforts toward reforming women's dress that took place in Europe and America during this period and the types of garments adopted by women to overcome the challenges posed by fashionable dress.