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Wilde, Oscar

Christopher Breward

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Alternative Dress

Nan H. Mutnick

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

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In the second half of the nineteenth century and into the early decades of the twentieth, various alternative styles of women’s dress were introduced that made possible radical changes from the prevailing fashions. Some were the product of cultural movements, others were inspired by the works of artists and writers, and several were developed by reformers concerned about the effect of fashion on women’s health. The English Pre-Raphaelite movement (established 1848) introduced what they called art

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