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the introduction of movement.
Transcript of the introduction of movement.
women's sportswear in the 1930's and 40's and its' impact on body image.
loss of restrictive underwear
Elizabeth B. Hurlock, 1929
"Foreign visitors are astonished by
this American uniformity... the truth is,
the American man or woman is a product
of a nation which boasts of standardization."
cultural shift towards more dynamic
ideals of feminity.
sense of movement
varied, active lives.
Vogue: June 1, 1936
repeated use of similar model "types"
homogeneous image of femininity.
"Battle Creek Health Builder"
"the picture of the human body which we
form in our mind, that is to say the way in
which the body appears to ourselves... There
is a self-appearance of the body."
customers visualize selves in motion
advertisements for "beauty" enhancers
information about dancers displayed
how customers' body can be the same
"The Women", 1939
"Conceptualized a body primed for modern
living which spoke of individual and national
identity formulated within the framework of
contemporary social norms. Movement and
expression were central to this construction."
speaking of Martha Graham, dancer
as opposed to Vionnet, middle-class women could purchase this sportswear.
"The American Look: Sportswear, Fashion and the Image of Women in New York in the 1930's and 40's". [Rebecca Arnold]
"Physical Culture this Fall". Harper's Bazaar, November, 1929.
"When the Girls Came Out to Play: Birth of American Sportswear." [Patricia Campbell Warner]
Vogue, June, 1939