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An Intimate Affair

Jill Fields

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520223691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941137 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223691.001.0001
An Intimate Affair

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Intimate apparel, a term in use by 1921, has played a crucial role in the development of the “naughty but nice” feminine ideal that emerged in the twentieth century. This history of twentieth-century lingerie views the world of women's intimate apparel and presents an interesting view of twentieth-century women's history via the undergarments they wore. Illustrated and drawing on a wealth of evidence from fashion magazines, trade periodicals, costume artifacts, Hollywood films, and the records of organized labor, this book is an examination of the ways cultural meanings are orchestrated by the “fashion-industrial complex,” and the ways in which individuals and groups embrace, reject, or derive meaning from these everyday, yet highly significant, intimate articles of clothing.

Keywords: intimate apparel; naughty but nice; undergarments; fashion magazines; trade periodicals; costume artifacts; Hollywood films; organized labor; fashion industry

Book.  392 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Introduction in An Intimate Affair

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Drawers in An Intimate Affair

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Brassieres in An Intimate Affair

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Bra vs. Bra in An Intimate Affair

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