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Cristina Giorcelli and Paula Rabinowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675784

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675784.001.0001

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Spanish Women’s Clothing during the Long Post-Civil War Period

Spanish Women’s Clothing during the Long Post-Civil War Period

(p.126) 8 Spanish Women’s Clothing during the Long Post-Civil War Period
Accessorizing the Body

Giuliana Di Febo

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how women’s clothing became a key part of rhetoric during and after the Spanish Civil War. During the Civil War (1936–39), women’s clothes played such an important role that it became a way to show which side one was on. For the Francoists, the “vestir cristiano” (the Christian way of dressing) became an important stimulus to recover the traditional feminine role from Republican emancipation. On the Republican side, the image of the female soldier, dressed in “blue overalls”, was one of the principal symbols of female emancipation. During the postwar period, the propaganda for “national reconstruction” included the denunciation of the temptation of modernity represented by fashion that was considered the source not only of waste but also of moral degeneration.

Keywords:   Spain, Civil War, clothing, dress, Spanish women, vestir cristiano, female emancipation, fashion

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