• American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

    American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (Metropolitan Museum of Art S.) (Paperback) By (author) Andrew Bolton


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    DescriptionThis intriguing book will examine how the ideal of the American Woman evolved from 'Old World' ideas of elegance into a specifically American sensibility. At the same time, it will explore the impact of the image of the American Woman on haute couture, revealing how the 'slender American Diana' displaced the 'rounded French Venus' as the prevailing archetype of beauty to emerge as the enduring symbol of style and glamour in the twentieth century. This unique publication includes archetypes of American femininity from the Gilded Age to the Golden Age of Hollywood that include "The Grand Dame", "The Heiress", "The Gibson Girl", "The Bohemian", "The Suffragist", "The Patriot", "The Flapper", and "The Screen Siren", illustrated with costumes from the Brooklyn Museum collection designed by Worth, Poiret, Patou, Chanel, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, James, Valentina, and others.

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    American Woman
    Fashioning a National Identity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Bolton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 72
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 267 mm
    ISBN 13: 9780300165531
    ISBN 10: 0300165536

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BEA
    BIC subject category V2: AGC, AKTA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    BIC subject category V2: AKTH
    BISAC V2.8: DES005000, DES013000, DES008000, ART006020
    Thema V1.0: AKT, AGC, AGA
    Illustrations note
    125 colour illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    31 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Andrew Bolton is Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.