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Nazi 'Chic'?: Fashioning Women in the Third Reich


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We are all familiar with the stereotype of the German woman as either a Brunhilde in uniform or a chubby farmer's wife. However, throughout the interwar period fashion was one of Germany's largest industries and German women ranked among the most elegantly dressed in all of Europe. This book explores the failed attempt by the Nazi state to construct a female image that would mirror official gender policies, instill feelings of national pride, promote a German victory on the fashion runways of Europe, and support a Nazi-controlled European fashion industry. How did the few women with power maintain style and elegance? How did the majority experience the increased standardization of clothing characteristic of the Nazi years? How did women deal with the severe clothing restrictions brought about by Nazi policies and the exigencies of war? Nazi 'Chic'? addresses these questions and many others, including the role of anti-Semitism, "aryanization," and the hypocrisy of Nazi policies. The result is the first book in English to deal comprehensively with German fashion from World War I through to the end of the Third Reich.

About the Author

Irene Guenther is Professor of History, Houston Community College. She was short-listed for the prestigious Stern Prize from the German Studies Association in 2002.

Table of Contents

Part One * Introduction * The Fashion Debate in World War One * The "New" Woman * Part Two * Fashioning Women in the Third Reich * "Purifying" the German Clothing Industry * The German Fashion Institute * The War Years: The Home Front, the Ghettos and the Concentration Camps of the Third Reich

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Guenther, Irene
Bloomsbury Academic
Women's Studies
Modern - 20th Century
Europe - Germany
World History-Germany
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Trade Cloth
Dress, Body, Culture
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Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
45 b/w illus
9.25 x 6.13 in

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