Suits and frocks: Dressmakers and the making of feminine identity in postwar Australian society

Potter, Jenny-Lynn and Reiger, Kerreen 2017, Suits and frocks: Dressmakers and the making of feminine identity in postwar Australian society, Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 113-130, doi: 10.1080/14443058.2016.1275746.

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Title Suits and frocks: Dressmakers and the making of feminine identity in postwar Australian society
Author(s) Potter, Jenny-Lynn
Reiger, Kerreen
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 113
End page 130
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2017-01-02
ISSN 1444-3058
1835-6419
Keyword(s) dressmakers
identity
feminity
class
women's work
Summary In a context of heightened domestic ideology post–World War II, self-employed dressmakers contributed significantly to the making of the identity of Australian women. Through the skilled work of interacting with their clients and sewing their clothes, dressmakers both supported individual women’s presentation of “self” and operated at the intersection of gender and class relations. Working at home, they were not only making women’s clothes but also producing the social world. Drawing on interviews with thirteen women, this paper explores how such dressmakers’ work constructed a visual representation and interpretation of a feminine identity particular to their time, place, and local cultural context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2016.1275746
Indigenous content off
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, International Australian Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30122591

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