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Early Superhero Comic Book Costumes

Jonathan S. Marion and James Scanlan

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

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What collectors and historians know as the Golden Age of comics began with the debut of Superman in 1938, quickly followed by other superheroes including Batman, the Human Torch, and Namor in 1939, Captain Marvel in 1940, and Captain America and Wonder Woman in 1941. Although comic books outside the superhero genre remained popular, the burgeoning popularity of superheroes coincided with and reflected social shifts in art, politics, social mores, and sartorial technology. DC and Marvel—which by t

Costume for Dance

Helena Wulff

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

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The appearance of the tutu (a stiff, delicate ballet skirt made of tulle), together with pointe shoes (which enable ballerinas to dance on pointe, that is, on the tip of their toes) in 1832 in Paris marked the turning point for costumes used for different types of dance in West Europe. Dance costumes have been included in chronological accounts listing ballet and contemporary dance production credits and have also been studied as costumes and garments in their social and cultural contexts, often

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