Fashioning the feminine : representation and women's fashion from the fin de siecle to the present

Cheryl Buckley, Hilary Fawcett

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The book, examining the relationship between fashion, gender and representation in Britain in the twentieth century, draws on extensive primary research (including oral history). It is the culmination of Buckley’s research on aspects of fashion that began with work on home-dressmaking and fashionable dress worn by women in North East England between the wars (‘On the margins: Theorising the history and significance of making and designing clothes at home’, Journal Of Design History, Vol. 11, No.2, 1998, pp.157-171 and ‘Modernity, Femininity and Regional Identity: Women and Fashion 1914-1940’, in Northumbria Panorama: Studies in History and Culture in North east England, ed. Thomas E. Faulkner, Octavian Press, 1996), Two of Buckley’s three chapters (three and four) focus on fashion and gender between 1914 and 1950. Chapter one, written by Buckley, is a theoretical chapter about fashion and gender; this develops themes evident in Buckley’s theoretical work on gender and design. Its impact stems from the focus on working-class identities alongside gender in two historical periods, 1914-1918 and 1920-50. Chapter two was extended and developed as a paper published as ‘‘”De-humanised Females and Amazonians”: Fashioning the Female Body in Home Chat, 1914-1918’, Gender and History, Vol. 14, issue 3, Nov 2002, pp 516-536. A direct result of this was the invitation for Buckley to act as rapporteur for ESRC and EPSRC research projects; (including for example: Shopping Routes: Networks of Fashion Consumption in London’s West End, 1945-1979 part of the ESRC Cultures of Consumption project and managed by Christopher Breward, David Gilbert, Pamela Church Gibson). PGR student Mark Armstrong’s PhD (begun 2006) dealing with gender, image and identity relates specifically to this research
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI. B. Tauris
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)1860645062
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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