American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

Paperback Metropolitan Museum of Art S.

By (author) Andrew Bolton

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 267mm
  • Publication date: 31 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300165536
  • ISBN 13: 9780300165531
  • Illustrations note: 125 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,621,283

Product description

This 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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Author information

Andrew Bolton is Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.