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The History of Underclothes

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". . . thoroughness and most impressive scholarship . . . much entertaining detail and . . . pleasant humour."—The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Underwear—practical garments with a utilitarian function or body coverings that serve an erotic purpose? As this fascinating and intelligently written study shows, the role played by underclothing over the last several centuries has been a varied one.

In a well-documented, profusely illustrated volume combining impressive scholarship with an entertaining, often humorous style, two distinguished clothing historians consider undergarments worn by the English over the past 600 years. Beginning with the Middle Ages, the authors cover centuries of clothing history, including the Tudor period, the Restoration, the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and the twentieth century up to the eve of World War II. Drawing on extensive, research, the Cunningtons illuminate the role and function of underwear: it protected the wearer against the elements, supported costume shapes, served as an erotic stimulus, symbolized class distinctions, and fulfilled other social, sanitary, and economic functions.

Enhancing the detailed, comprehensive text are more than 100 period illustrations and photographs depicting a laced-up bodice of the twelfth century, embroidered linen drawers of the sixteenth century, a hooped petticoat support in bentwood (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), nineteenth-century bustles, early nineteenth-century corsets for men, "Frillies for the Tiny Lady" (1939), and much more. A bibliography, appendix, and index complete a valuable reference work that will appeal to costume historians, sociologists, and other readers.

Book News Annotation:

A scholarly, but thoroughly entertaining illustrated history of undergarments worn by the English over the past 600 years, originally published in 1951 by Michael Joseph Ltd., London.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Fascinating, well-documented survey covering 6 centuries of English undergarments, enhanced with over 100 illustrations: 12th-century laced-up bodice, footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.

Synopsis:

Well-documented survey covering six centuries of English undergarments, enhanced with over 100 illustrations: 12th-century laced-up bodice, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.

Synopsis:

Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.

Synopsis:

Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-260) and index.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTION

I. MEDIEVAL PERIOD

II. 1485-1625

III. 1626-1710

IV. 1711-1790

V. 1791-1820

VI. 1821-1840

VII. 1841-1856

VIII. 1857-1866

IX. 1867-1882

X. 1883-1896

XI. 1897-1908

XII. 1909-1918

XIII. 1919-1939

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486271248
Other:
Cunnington, C. Willett
Author:
Cunnington, Phyllis
Author:
Cunnington, Phiilis
Author:
Cunnington, C. Willett
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - Fashion
Subject:
Textiles & Costume
Subject:
Underwear
Subject:
Underwear -- Great Britain -- History.
Subject:
Beauty and Fashion-Fashion and Costume
Subject:
Beauty and Fashion-Beauty General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fashion and Costumes
Series Volume:
11378
Publication Date:
19920531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.63 in 0.65 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Fascinating, well-documented survey covering 6 centuries of English undergarments, enhanced with over 100 illustrations: 12th-century laced-up bodice, footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.
"Synopsis" by , Well-documented survey covering six centuries of English undergarments, enhanced with over 100 illustrations: 12th-century laced-up bodice, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.

"Synopsis" by ,
Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.
"Synopsis" by ,
Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," much more.
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