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Fashionable Females: Women, Clothes and Culture in the Big Apple.

Evans, Anne-Marie (2013) Fashionable Females: Women, Clothes and Culture in the Big Apple. Comparative American Studies, 11 (4). pp. 361-373.

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Abstract

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2010 ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’ exhibition explored the evolution of female fashion from 1890–1940, a period when the role of women in society developed rapidly.
This article examines two of the cultural roles that fashion helped to define: the heiress figure of the 1890s, and the 1920s flapper. Both types of fashion identity had a distinctive look, such as the corseted waist and moulded
silhouette of the 1890s dresses, and the shorter skirts and dropped waist of the later flapper fashions. Focusing on these two models of womanhood, the article explores the idea of fashion more generally in two novels that
discuss these figures: the heiress in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905) and the flapper in Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925).

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1179/1477570013Z.00000000054
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/982

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