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Title :

On the margins : theorizing the history and significance of making and designing clothes at home

Author :
BUCKLEY, Cheryl ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This article examines some of the theoretical questions posed for design historians studying the ways in which working-class women made and designed clothes at home [in Britain, 1910-1960]. In particular the article deals with issues relating to feminist histories of design which seek to locate women within a historical narrative as subjects. At the same time the article foregrounds the writer's role in constructing historical accounts by drawing on oral sources, individual life histories, memory and family photographs. Dress-making at home provides an excellent focus for such a theoretical exploration because it connects the personal and the political. It is an arena in which mothers, daughters and sisters learn and acquire their feminine identities, and yet it is also a skill which enabled women to redefine their sense of self through design. ;
Pagination/Size :
10 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Amateur (art) ; Classe ouvrière ; Couture ; Couturières ; Femmes ; Féminisme ; Grande-Bretagne ; Histoire de l'art ; 1900-2000 ; 1910-1960 ;
Descriptors :
Amateur art ; Art history ; Feminism ; Great Britain ; Seamstresses ; Sewing ; Women ; Working classes ; 1900-2000 ; 1910-1960 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1998, 11, 2
INIST identifier :
24995926 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;