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Maternity Dress

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Throughout most of history, all over the world, women’s attire has of necessity been designed to adapt to the needs of pregnancy and breast-feeding, which were likely to take up a large percentage of women’s lives between puberty...

Corsetry and Invisibility of Maternal Body

Leigh Summers

Leigh Summers is at the University of New England and Senior Education Officer, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bound to Please : A History of the Victorian Corset

Berg, 2001

Book chapter

...One of the strongest reasons for the adoption of the corset, though it is not commonly avowed, is the belief that it conduces beauty and symmetry of figure. Slender forms are usually praised, and chiefly because they are associated...

Fashion Figure Proportions

Bina Abling

Bina Abling teaches in the Fashion Design departments of FIT and Parsons School of Design in New York City. She is the author of Fashion Sketchbook, 4th Edition, Advanced Fashion Sketchbook, Model Drawing, and Marker Rendering for Fashion, Accessories and Interior Design. Bina's knowledge and experience comes from 10 years in the fashion industry and 15 years of teaching. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashion Sketchbook

Fairchild Books, 2019

Book chapter

...Sketch by Jodie Lau.The fashion figure is an idealized form, drawn elongated and with artistic license. This figure is often more conceptual, but with a business perspective of conveying a client’s aesthetic, showcasing a garment...

Breastfeeding, Ideology and Clothing in Nineteenth-Century France

Dress and Ideology : Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...In the last decades, the maternal body has been a target for fashion designers, who are constantly inventing new cloths for both pregnant women and nursing mothers. However, is nursing fashion a new, contemporary development? What did...