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Jill Fields

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12 Jun 2007
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. Jill Fields' engaging, imaginative, and sophisticated history of twentieth-century lingerie tours the world of women's intimate apparel and arrives at nothing less than a sweeping view of twentieth-century women's history via the undergarments they wore. Illustrated throughout and drawing on a wealth of evidence from fashion magazines, trade periodicals, costume artifacts, Hollywood films, and the records of organized labor, "An Intimate Affair" is a provocative 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.

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"[A] fascinating account."--T: the New York Times Style Magazine "A seminal American feminist history text... The breadth of research and level of theoretical sophistication make it a key reference for any student of women's fashion."--H-Net Reviews

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Jill Fields is Professor of History at California State University, Fresno.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Analysis of All Things Lingerie 12 July 2007
By W. E. Sweatt Jr. - Published on
This book is aptly titled. Ms. Fields has produced a compendium of information regarding her subject which is worthy of a research classic. I have never read, even in my college courses, a more thoroughly researched book on any subject. The footnotes alone run many, many pages. The historical, social, sexual, racial, political and economic aspects of lingerie's production, distribution, appreciation and acquisition are explored to the furthest degree. Those looking for titillation, however, would best be served by looking elsewhere. This work is scholarly and informative, but salaciousness or even mild stimulation is not its forte.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at women's intimate apparel 1 May 2013
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Field's book provides an exceptional look at both the actual undergarments and their implications for women's lives. It was very academic and well-research, but also written in an interesting and approachable manner. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to study women's dress!
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