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The Production of Glamour

Jill Fields

in An Intimate Affair

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520223691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223691.003.0007
The Production of Glamour

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This chapter determines how the industrial manufacture of intimate apparel has shaped the definition of undergarments in American culture. The cultural activities of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the fashion sensibilities of garment workers were found between fashion production and consumption. It looks at the dressing practices of undergarment workers and their steady participation in union activities. This reveals that the division between the fashion industry and the garment industry results from ideologies and cultural institutions that build social distinctions between the people who sew and the people who shop. The chapter concludes that glamour, particularly as expressed in fashion, has been a powerful mediator of tensions and upholding inequity in modern America.

Keywords: intimate apparel; definition; undergarments; American culture; cultural activities; International Ladies Garment Workers Union; fashion industry; garment industry; glamour

Chapter.  14991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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