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

    Europe: Western Europe, France

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What does this chemise set communicate about 19th century France?

responded: Apr 15, 2012

Posted by Natalie Wright

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Hi all! I am part of a class at the University of Toronto called Introduction to Material Culture. I was lucky enough to analyze this set of drawers for a final research project. Below, I have uploaded a photo of my museum info. card to inform you about my main findings. I have also uploaded a creative component. The creative component is meant to challenge perceptions - perceptions that lead to the production of the garment, as well as the user's relationship with the garment. I was keen to see how others would react to these images and text, to see if these perceptions still exist today, so leave a response if you've got a minute!

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