This transatlantic and truly interdisciplinary collection, with an afterword by distinguished literary scholar Rita Felski, is also notable for its mix of established and emerging scholars. The contributors address diverse aspects of women's engagement with fashion in modernity, through such topics as Sapphic architecture, tea gowns, secondhand clothing, transnational identity, the coquette, nursing uniforms, and Harlem Renaissance photographs. Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion traces a unique and often surprising history of modernity and its entwinement with the gendered phenomenon of fashion.
"A well-written collection of essays perfect for art research libraries focused not only on the study of fashion, but also on the study of femininity and modernity in nineteenth-century Western culture. . . . Taking all the book's elements into consideration, this is a highly recommended resource for an art research library."—ARLIS/NA Reviews
"The authors' transnational and interdisciplinary approach to the complex yet intimate relation of fashion to modernity is innovative, convincing, and timely. The composite picture these collected essays present demonstrates that no corner of western culture, no region in Western Europe, North America, or the British Isles was unaffected by fashion's reach."—Lois Cucullu, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities