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The Fashion Dolls, Supermodels, and Celebrities

Judith C. Everett and Kristen K. Swanson

Source: Guide to Producing A Fashion Show, 3rd Edition, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

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Every creative element of theatrical and modern entertainment media is used in a fashion show, which is an event where the latest fashion, fabric, and color trends in apparel and accessories are presented, using live models, to an audience. Certainly an advantage of seeing merchandise in an exciting live presentation is that the audience can become involved. They are not seeing a “representation” of a garment in a photograph or in an advertising illustration, nor are they viewing a garment on a h


Erica Rand

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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Over the years, too, Barbie saw expanding options in one type of costume that would generate praise, humor, doubt, and derision: the career outfit. In the early 1960s, Barbie’s career identities were primarily traditionally female, like nurse; largely unattainable, like astronaut; or both, like ballerina. Barbie had less work, ironically, during the burgeoning of popular feminism in the 1970s.

The Child, the Corset, and the Construction of Female Sexuality

Leigh Summers

Source: Bound to Please. A History of the Victorian Corset, 2001, Berg Fashion Library

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endured sullenly the row that ensued when my soft-shelled condition was discovered; was forcibly re-corseted; and as soon as possible went away and took them off again. One of my governesses used to weep over my wickedness in this respect. I had a bad figure and to me they were instruments of torture; they prevented me from breathing, and dug deep holes into my softer parts on every side. I am sure no hair shirt could have been worse to me.Ibid. G. Raverat, Period Piece, Faber & Faber, London, 19

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