Artifacts from American Fashion, 1st Edition

  • Heather Vaughan Lee
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  • ISBN-10: 1440864586
  • ISBN-13: 9781440864582
  • DDC: 391.00973
  • 360 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This collection explores fashion artifacts from daily life to shed light on key aspects of the social life and culture of Americans in the 20th century. This book covers forty-five articles of fashion or accessories, chosen to illuminate significant areas of daily life and history, including Politics, World Events, and War; Transportation and Technology; Home and Work Life; Art and Entertainment; Health, Sport, and Leisure; and Alternative Cultures, Youth, Ethnic, Queer, and Counter Culture. These artifacts help readers follow major events, social movements, cultural shifts, and technological developments that shaped life in the U.S. A World War I soldier's helmet opens a vista onto the horrors of trench warfare during World War I; the dress of a typical 1920's flapper speaks volumes about America women's changing role during Prohibition and the Jazz Age; a homemade feedsack dress illuminates the world of the Great Depression; and the bikini ushers us into the Atomic Age.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Chronological Guide to Entries.
How to Evaluate Artifacts.
Chronology of Events.
Politics, World Events, and War.
1: Cocktail Dress.
2: Eisenhower Jacket.
3: Gulf War Uniform.
4: Peasant Blouse.
5: Pillbox Hat.
6: Platform Shoes.
7: Red Cross Uniform.
8: Two-Piece Swimsuit.
9: Woman's Tailored Suit.
10: WWI Combat Helmet.
Transportation and Technology.
11: Airplane Flight Suit.
12: Duster.
13: Motorcycle Jacket.
14: Spacesuit.
15: Zipper.
Home and Work Life.
16: Arrow Collar.
17: Cowboy Hat.
18: Fedora Hat and Gray Flannel Suit.
19: Feed Sack Dress.
20: Shirtwaist Dress.
21: Woman's Power Suit.
22: Wrap Dress.
Art and Entertainment.
23: Art Nouveau Dress.
24: Bias Cut Dress.
25: Empire Waist Dress.
26: Flapper Dress.
27: Paper Dress.
28: Shirley Temple Dress.
29: T-Shirt.
30: Tuxedo.
31: Woman's Sweater.
Health, Sport, and Leisure.
32: Baseball Cap.
33: Bra.
34: Canvas Basketball Shoes.
35: Corset.
36: Leotard.
Alternative Cultures Youth, Ethnic, Queer, and Counterculture.
37: Bell-Bottom Pants.
38: Black Panther Uniform.
39: Denim Jeans.
40: Flannel Shirt.
41: Punk Boots.
42: Red Ribbon.
43: Saddle Shoes.
44: Zoot Suit.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Editor and Contributors.