AB: Hawthorne – Knickers

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Hawthorne, Rosemary. Drawings by Mary Want and Jacquie Govier. Knickers: An Intimate Appraisal. London: Souvenir Press, Ltd., 1991.

Originally published in 1985 by Bachman & Turner under the title Oh . . . Knickers! This small book is the work of an amateur collector of clothing with a particular enthusiasm for the historical permutations of women’s underpants. It is illustrated with line drawings, primarily of garments in the author’s collection. In general, the book’s claims and some of its quotations are not referenced or cited, and my perusal found several claims of which I am very skeptical. I would not recommend this book; it does not seem useful or accurate. It is not instructional. The images are monochrome. It contains a brief, and incomplete, bibliography.

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