A price for fashion: a young working class woman’s wardrobe in 1930s London

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Roberts, C. 2017. A price for fashion: a young working class woman’s wardrobe in 1930s London. Apparences: Histoire et Culture du Paraître..
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TitleA price for fashion: a young working class woman’s wardrobe in 1930s London
AuthorsRoberts, C.
Abstract

This interdisciplinary material culture analysis, will investigate the design, manufacture, retailing and consumption of fashion for a young working-class woman in England in the 1930s. The young women this article will discuss are aged between fourteen and twenty-five, usually the age between leaving school, working and getting married in London’s working-class East End the period 1930-1938. Exploration a young working-class woman’s fashion interests and purchasing power will probe the influence of issues such as modernity, peer group cohesion, leisure and related dress, along with the reactions of parents and peers. As historian Selina Todd notes, ‘as rising numbers of young women worked in larger factories, shops and offices, so workplaces increasingly became a venue for friendship and for disseminating information on fashion and appearance.’1 In the context of work, income, family and gender expectations, this article will thus explore the life, work and aspirations of a young working-class woman in the 1930s through the contents of her wardrobe.

Research GroupFashion and Interiors
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLille University
JournalApparences: Histoire et Culture du Paraître.
ISSN1954-3778
Publication dates
Online01 Jun 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Oct 2015
Accepted15 Aug 2015
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://journals.openedition.org/apparences/1359
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