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Providing Mobility in Clothing

Susan M. Watkins and Lucy E. Dunne

Source: Functional Clothing Design. From Sportswear to Spacesuits, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Since clothing is intended to be a second skin, there is no better way to begin a study of mobility needs in clothing than by looking at the mobility of the body itself. Put most simply, movement is the result of the following chain of events: (1) the brain sends signals to the appropriate nerve fibers or motor neurons; (2) they in turn send out impulses, via nerve fibers, which extend from the spinal cord to muscle fibers all over the body; (3) these impulses stimulate the appropriate muscle fib

Class, Work, and Dress

Alexandra Kim

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

During the nineteenth century, clothing in West Europe was inextricably linked to a person’s class and occupation. Dress was constantly used to determine a person’s social status. Although there were obvious variations in occupational dress across the Continent, a worker’s clothing—whether in the countryside or the city—would have clearly indicated his or her place in the social hierarchy. Changing work patterns, a growing informality, and the fragmentation of the class structure in the twentieth

Hips and Bottom

Susan J. Vincent

Source: The Anatomy of Fashion. Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today, 2009, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

‘Does my bum look big in this?’ For most of the time from the start of the sixteenth century to the opening years of the twentieth, the answer would have been a glorious, resounding and opulent yes.

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