Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620531
Title:
The Shift Dress as Cultural Meaning
Authors:
Kealy-Morris, Elizabeth
Abstract:
This paper will offer a historic and semiotic analysis of the shift dress as essential to the middle and upper-middle class American woman’s wardrobe and its lasting influence on American sportswear and the collections of luxury brand collections as a signifier of understated feminine youthful health through movement. The shift dress can be traced back to the 1920s chemise. Dresses of that era, particularly those of Coco Chanel, featured exposed legs and arms, simple cuts, loose shapes and little waist definition. This was a move away from corsets and offered women both style and ease of movement. The shift dress became a staple of the American woman’s wardrobe in the 1960s and signified a new trend in women’s clothing as the garment promoted independence, modernity and a redefinition of the female shape. This paper argues that the shift dress’s key place in the American woman’s wardrobe reflects the unique historical and cultural influences on American dress from the birth of the new democratic nation in the Eighteenth century to the rise of the dominance of New York City’s ready-to-wear industry in the mid-Twentieth century and concurrent ideological expectations of the female form.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Kealy-Morris, E. (2017-May). The shift dress as cultural meaning. Paper presented at Culture, Costume and Dress Conference. Birmingham City University.
Publisher:
Culture, Costume & Dress Conference, 2017
Publication Date:
10-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620531
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
This paper was delivered 10 May 2017 at the Culture, Costume and Dress conference at Birmingham City University and will eventually be published as part of the conference proceedings.
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dc.contributor.authorKealy-Morris, Elizabethen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-08T13:41:14Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-08T13:41:14Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-10-
dc.identifier.citationKealy-Morris, E. (2017-May). The shift dress as cultural meaning. Paper presented at Culture, Costume and Dress Conference. Birmingham City University.en
dc.identifier.otherNA-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620531-
dc.descriptionThis paper was delivered 10 May 2017 at the Culture, Costume and Dress conference at Birmingham City University and will eventually be published as part of the conference proceedings.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper will offer a historic and semiotic analysis of the shift dress as essential to the middle and upper-middle class American woman’s wardrobe and its lasting influence on American sportswear and the collections of luxury brand collections as a signifier of understated feminine youthful health through movement. The shift dress can be traced back to the 1920s chemise. Dresses of that era, particularly those of Coco Chanel, featured exposed legs and arms, simple cuts, loose shapes and little waist definition. This was a move away from corsets and offered women both style and ease of movement. The shift dress became a staple of the American woman’s wardrobe in the 1960s and signified a new trend in women’s clothing as the garment promoted independence, modernity and a redefinition of the female shape. This paper argues that the shift dress’s key place in the American woman’s wardrobe reflects the unique historical and cultural influences on American dress from the birth of the new democratic nation in the Eighteenth century to the rise of the dominance of New York City’s ready-to-wear industry in the mid-Twentieth century and concurrent ideological expectations of the female form.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCulture, Costume & Dress Conference, 2017en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectshift dressen
dc.subjectclaire mccardellen
dc.subjectAmerican sportswearen
dc.subjectAmerican ready-to-wearen
dc.subjectKealy-Morrisen
dc.subjectKealy Morrisen
dc.subjectthe fashion systemen
dc.subjectAmerican preppyen
dc.subjectpreppyen
dc.titleThe Shift Dress as Cultural Meaningen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.date.accepted2017-05-10-
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rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Chesteren
rioxxterms.identifier.projectQR Grant, Kealy-Morris, 2017en
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