Chemise set

In the late 19th century, feminist ideas changed women’s fashion, both outerwear and underwear. Rigid bodices and full skirts were abandoned in favour of shorter, narrower dresses. Underwear evolved, too, from loose chemises and pantaloons to “combination” undergarments that reduced bulkiness and better suited the streamlined women’s fashion of the 20th century.


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  • Chemise set

    Chemise set

    Europe: Western Europe, France

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  • Chemise set

    Chemise set

    Europe, Western Europe, France

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    Chemise

    Europe: Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark

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Why do you think underwear is often white?

responded: Jul 27, 2012

Posted by VIC224Y - Intro to Material Culture Uoft

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There were many additional ways that popular Victorian culture constructed the female character as floral. Through the use of the flower iconography, the French Victorian woman’s body was constructed to smell flower-like.Where flowers were seen to emit beautiful scents, while the body is seen to emit terrible odours, the lace iconography around the under-arm and nearing the crotch constructs the female body to smell like a rose. It is important to remember that this garment is meant to be experienced at the most intimate proxemic zone, meaning that this garment has transformed from being associated with dirt and profanity, to being clean and sacred.

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