Journal Article

Gloves in the Early Twentieth Century: An Accessory After the Fact

Susan J. Vincent

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 25, issue 2, pages 190-205
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/eps003
Gloves in the Early Twentieth Century: An Accessory After the Fact

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The first part of this article investigates the culture of glove use at the end of the nineteenth century and the opening decades of the twentieth, when this accessory formed an indispensable part of public dress. It traces the position of gloves in relation to the performance of gender, class and gentility; considers the material reality of the garments and paraphernalia associated with their wear; and notes also the intersection of gloves with experiences of the erotic. Bearing in mind the glove’s mid-century decline, the second part of the discussion looks more closely at this post-1900 period to identify transitional practices which prefigure the glove’s demise, even in the midst of what seemed to be its long and unassailable success.

Keywords: gloves; twentieth century; sartorial performance; fashion; dress; identity

Journal Article.  9499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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