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Working girls : sex, taste, and reform in the Parisian garment trades, 1880-1919

Working girls : sex, taste, and reform in the Parisian garment trades, 1880-1919

Author: Patricia Tilburg
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom Oxford University Press 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
As the twentieth century dawned and France entered an era of extraordinary labor activism and industrial competition, an insistently romantic vision of the Parisian garment worker was deployed by politicians, reformers, and artists to manage anxieties about economic and social change. Nostalgia about a certain kind of France was written onto the bodies of the capital's couture workers throughout French pop culture  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Tilburg
ISBN: 9780198841173 0198841175
OCLC Number: 1137218789
Description: ix, 268 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: From Grisette to Midinette : the garment worker in French popular culture --
'without rival': workingwomen, regulation, and taste in the belle epoque garment industry --
'Notre Petite Amie' : Charpentier's Oeuvre de Mimi Pinson, 1900-1914 --
'An Appetite to Be Pretty' : garment workers, lunch reform, and the Parisian picturesque in the belle epoque --
'They are nothing but birdbrains!' : The Midinette on strike, 1901-1919 --
Mimi Pinson goes to war : sex, taste, and the patrie, 1914-1918.
Responsibility: Patricia Tilburg.


Working Girls offers a cultural history of the women of the Parisian garment trades as read by French entertainment and popular culture, labour reformers, and the women themselves, bridging the  Read more...


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Tilburg establishes the centrality of the figure of the midinette to both the fashion economy and the discourse of the working woman. Furthermore, she has opened a productive space to pursue these Read more...

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