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Rational Dress Movement

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The movement named for the Rational Dress Society emerged in 1881 in London in response to the period’s prevailing fashion for restrictive garments. The Society was one of a series of dress reform movements that arose during the nineteenth...

Radical Shoemaking and Dress Reform From Fabians To Feminists

Annebella Pollen

Annebella Pollen is Principal Lecturer in History of Art and Design and Director of Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Brighton, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dress History : New Directions in Theory and Practice

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter

...In a famous polemic from 1937, George Orwell denounced the ‘cranks’ that he considered were giving left-wing politics a bad name. As he put it, ‘One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words “Socialism” and “Communism” draw towards...

Picturing the Material/Manifesting the Visual: Aesthetic Dress in Late-Nineteenth-Century British Culture

Dress History : New Directions in Theory and Practice

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter

...Reconciling historical representations of fashionable clothing with the lived reality of dress in practice presents an ongoing challenge for scholars of dress history. In my work, I have been fascinated by the myriad and complex sartorial...

Dress Reform

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...The era of English, American, as well as European Dress Reform occurred during the second half of the nineteenth century and is often referred to as Victorian dress reform. Dress reform is a generic term referring to a loose collection...