AB: Fields – An Intimate Affair

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Fields, Jill. A Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

This scholarly text is primarily focused on the twentieth century, and based in fashion theory rather than the history of dress. It has similar problems to other fashion theory texts about women’s underclothing, in that it often loses sight of the function of clothes, and the actual relationships between people and their clothes, in favor of examining metaphor, extremes, and psychoanalysis. Based on my historical research, I disagree with the author’s analysis and conclusions on various points, but I have not read the book cover to cover and so cannot give a thorough analysis. It would not be a useful resource for studying the history of dress, and I would not recommend it as a resource for studying fashion theory. It is not instructional. The images are monochrome, and there are very few of them. It contains extensive notes but no bibliography.

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