Sex and Suits by Ann L. Hollander
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An argument for the value of modern fashion as sexual express., with the tailored suit as its strongest example. Dress was equally showy for men & women until the late 18th century, when natural simplicity & understatement became fashionable, but for men's clothes only. After that, obvious sexual display in dress was left to women. Hollander shows how modern women adapted men's tailoring to their richer scheme of display, making suits do for women what they had long done for men: show their sexuality to be central, serious & interesting, rather than irrational, shallow & dangerous. Also shows how men are recapturing the color & ornament they found taboo, without giving up the potent beauty of tailored suits, which women have made universal. Illustrations.
 

About Ann L. Hollander

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Anne Hollander, the author of "Moving Pictures" (1986), is an art historian with a special interest in costume history and design.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Diane Pub Co. 206 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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It is just recently, Hollander argues, that female dress has begun to set any significant standards for Western fashion: ``Women finally took over the total male scheme of dress, modified it to suit themselves, and have handed it back to men charged with immense new possiblities.'' Sex and Suits ...

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From medieval tunics to the modern business suit, men's clothing-combining ease of use, cohesive formal design and a reflection of underlying bodily shape and movement-has been more advanced and liber

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Art historian Hollander's account of how notions of male and female clothing have defined and displayed attitudes toward sexuality was nominated for the NBCC Award.

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From medieval tunics to the modern business suit, men's clothing-combining ease of use, cohesive formal design and a reflection of underlying bodily shape and movement-has been more advanced and liberating than women's fashions, the author shows.

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She draws on his proposition that an original one-sex model, in which women were seen as fundamentally the same as men was replaced by the end of the 18th century by a two-sex model, which differentiated sharply between the physiologies of the sexes and assigned to men an active, desiring, pleasu...

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