Pantaloons & Power: A Nineteenth-century Dress Reform in the United States (Google eBook)
"In Pantaloons and Power Gayle V. Fischer depicts how the reformers' denouncement of conventional dress highlighted the role of clothing in the struggle of power relations between the sexes. Wearing pantaloons was considered a subversive act and was often met with social ostracism. Fischer contends that while it was not the goal of many reformers to alter gender relations, as women adopted pantaloons the perception of male and female power relationships blurred, and the boundaries of social roles for women began to shift." "This carefully researched interdisciplinary study successfully combines the fields of costume history, women's history, material culture, and social history to tell the story of one highly charged dress reform and its resonance in nineteenth-century society."--BOOK JACKET.
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I found this book extremely helpful in teaching a class in women's history. In it I found the only picture I have ever seen of women on covered wagons across the plains in pantaloons (or bloomers). That seemed the most practical to me for that mode of travel and I was shocked that I couldn't find more evidence of that. I recommend this book to anyone interested in dress reform particularly of the 19th century when suffragists wore bloomers.
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Pantaloons & Power: A Nineteenth-century Dress Reform in the United States
Gayle V. Fischer
No preview available - 2001
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