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By Jill Fields

Intimate clothing, a time period in use by means of 1921, has performed a vital position within the improvement of the "naughty yet great" female perfect that emerged within the 20th century. Jill Fields's attractive, creative, and complex historical past of twentieth-century undies excursions the realm of women's intimate clothing and arrives at not anything below a sweeping view of twentieth-century women's background through the undergarments they wore. Illustrated all through and drawing on a wealth of proof from type magazines, exchange periodicals, gown artifacts, Hollywood movies, and the documents of geared up exertions, An Intimate Affair is a provocative exam of the methods cultural meanings are orchestrated via the "fashion-industrial complex," and the ways that participants and teams embody, reject, or derive that means from those daily, but hugely major, intimate articles of clothing.

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When middle-class women did begin to wear underpants in the early nineteenth century, their drawers were constructed with an open crotch in part, I argue, to distinguish women’s drawers from men’s. This function became especially clear during the startling transition from open- to closed-crotch drawers in the 1910s, a period of feminist agitation for suffrage, birth control, and better jobs and wages. The implication, and reality, of sexual access implied and permitted by open drawers coexisted with Victorian propriety and its ideology of female passionlessness and masculine domination.

This phenomenon solidified the consensus that drawers had become a compulsory undergarment, worn to protect modesty rather than to encourage eroticism. Yet because drawers had an open crotch, a woman who lost her balance completely might find that though her lower legs remained covered, her upper thighs and genitals had not. 30 The growing volume of the bell-shaped skirt silhouette from the 1840s to the 1860s perhaps stimulated further male interest in viewing the lower female body region concealed within the increasing amount of space created by layers of petticoats and hoops.

Glamour, particularly as expressed in fashion, thus has been a powerful mechanism for mediating tensions and upholding INTRODUCTION / 17 inequity in modern America, whereas redefining or reclaiming glamour has held the potential for challenging the status quo. In the concluding chapter, I explore the repercussions of French designer Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look designs that stimulated corsetry’s return to fashion prominence. Supported by a French fashion industry anxious to reassert its dominance in the disarray of postwar Europe, the New Look quickly spread to England and the United States.

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