Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947–1952

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:
Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947–1952

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This chapter discusses the repercussions of the 1947 New Look designs of Christian Dior. These designs stimulated the return of corsets to fashion prominence. This New Look quickly spread to the United States and England, and had its fair share of supporters and critics. It determines that the sportswear trade, along with the corset industry, enjoyed a sudden increase of profits during this time. The discussion notes that women only wore to wear the most extreme versions of the corset on special occasions, like proms and debutante balls. The chapter concludes that it is this specialized use of the corset that intensified the fetishized quality of corsetry, which is still very visible in modern times.

Keywords: 1947 New Look; corsets; special use; fetishized quality; sportswear

Chapter.  5305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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