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Research Note: Sources for a Forgotten Episode in The History of Post-war Fashion

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This article quotes source materials from a scrapbook of memoranda, letters and articles belonging to the costume designer Renie Conley; which relate to the aesthetics of the bosom in history and fashion, and specifically Renie's proposed bosomless dress design. Maeder provides a commentary about the materials and suggests how they might raise interesting questions in the fields of fashion history and cultural studies. Maeder concludes that the material can be approached from three perspectives of interest: the nature of news itself, attitudes towards the female body, and the history of fashion in the twentieth century.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1997

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  • Fashion Theory takes as its starting point a definition of “fashion” as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. The importance of studying the body as a site for the deployment of discourses has been well established in a number of disciplines. Until Fashion Theorys launch in 1997 the dressed body had suffered from a lack of critical analysis. Increasingly scholars have recognized the cultural significance of self-fashioning, including not only clothing but also such body alterations as tattooing and piercing.

    Fashion Theory provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the rigorous analysis of cultural phenomena. Its peer-reviewed articles range from foot-binding to fashion advertising.

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