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Couture and ConsensusFashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina$
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Regina A. Root

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647934

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647934.001.0001

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Searching for Female Emancipation

Searching for Female Emancipation

Chapter:
(p.125) Five Searching for Female Emancipation
Source:
Couture and Consensus
Author(s):

Regina A. Root

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816647934.003.0005

This chapter examines the increasing complexity of fashion that heightens the function of a woman in public spaces. The complexity of fashion started from the nineteenth century, when women were burdened by the corsets and layered clothing which depict both suffering and social obligation shouldered by women. Nevertheless, the desire of women to declare their citizenship over the same public spaces men occupy never ceases. This chapter explores the implications of the emergence of the “fashion novel” through which women seek their own terms of femininity and social status.

Keywords:   fashion complexity, corsets, body dressings, social obligation, fashion novel, femininity

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