Rethinking Men’s Dress through Material Sources: The Case Study of a Singlet

Cramer, Lorinda 2020, Rethinking Men’s Dress through Material Sources: The Case Study of a Singlet, Australian Historical Studies, doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2020.1772328.


Title Rethinking Men’s Dress through Material Sources: The Case Study of a Singlet
Author(s) Cramer, Lorinda
Journal name Australian Historical Studies
Publication date 2020-01-01
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Summary © 2020, © Editorial Board, Australian Historical Studies 2020. Singlets occupy a special place in the wardrobe of Australian men, though they might be worn as underwear or sportswear, for work or leisure, daily or as fashion. The semiotic approach favoured by cultural and fashion studies analyses has tended to link the singlet–in particular the iconic Chesty Bond singlet–with working-class masculinity, connecting different groups’ singlet-wearing to a masculine ideal. Turning to the growing use of material culture approaches to dress, I explore what it might mean to think about singlets in Australian history in a different way: by paying attention to materiality and taking everyday practices into account.
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2020.1772328
Field of Research 2103 Historical Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Document type: Journal Article
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