History of Costume

Fiber Stenciling




Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do
I am he and she is she but you’re the only you
No one else has got your eyes, can see the things you see
It’s up to you to change your life and my life’s up to me
The problems that you suffer from are problems that you make
The shit we have to climb through is the shit we choose to take
If you don’t like the life you live, change it now it’s yours
Nothing has effects if you don’t recognise the cause
If the programme’s not the one you want, get up, turn off the set
It’s only you that can decide what life you’re gonna get
If you don’t like religion you can be the antichrist
If your tired of politics you can be an anarchist
But no one ever changed the church by pulling down a steeple
And you’ll never change the system by bombing number ten
Systems just aren’t made of bricks they’re mostly made of people
You may send them into hiding, but they’ll be back again
If you don’t like the rules they make, refuse to play their game
If you don’t want to be a number, don’t give them your name
If you don’t want to be caught out, refuse to hear their question
Silence is a virtue, use it for your own protection
They’ll try to make you play their game, refuse to show your face
If you don’t want to be beaten down, refuse to join their race
Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do
I am he and she is she but you’re they only you

Undergarments Modern Contemporary: Undergarment

Review: Review: Untitled: An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality by Jill Fields

In this article Jill Fields explores how women’s undergarments and femininity have gone hand in hand through out history.( Specifically through the 1890’s-1950’s ) In the article Fields looks at various undergarments and t time periods. Women a woman’s undergarment changed, so did the view on her femininity.For example some women became a sex symbol during the 1950’s due to the bullet bra. bullet-bra-history-2

As women became more sporty and active a Sporty Active girdle became popular. siloettesports565


In the late 1940s women wearing  Black lingerie was considered very sexual. In 1947’s christian Dior came up with the “New Look” and brought back the corset silhouette again. Women were wearing clothing that brought the waist in and expanded the hips.

Crossing the “Bearing” Straits: Women’s Maternity Dress in the 19th Century
Lori Duin Kelly
Studies in Popular Culture
Vol. 21, No. 1 (OCTOBER 1998), pp. 1-12

Women during the Victorian Era suffered through their pregnancy due to they undergarments. The corset was one of the biggest contributors to miscarriages and poor health. During the Victorians Era Victorians  embraced family and thought a woman’s one job in life  was to give birth. Even though they strongly believed in this value they contradicted themselves  with the treatment of women during pregnancy. When a woman was pregnant she was still expected to up hold her social statutes in the community amongst other things. One of that main was to uphold ones social statues was keeping up with the latest fashion. A narrow waist was strongly desired amongst the Victorians. To achieve this look they had to wear a tight corset. Even if a woman was pregnant she was still expected to wear a corset, because she had to uphold her position in society and their were no other alternatives for pregnant women. Corsets caused miscarries due to weight crushing organs. A corset was sometimes break ribs and not allow the proper air in the lungs. Victorian women were known to have Corset liver meaning organs became indented by their ribs. Their were books that spoke against pregnant women wearing corsets, however women were conditions as children that their purpose as a woman was to advance their families social statues. Magazines such as Goody would often publish articles about a woman fashion was a woman’s worth.

Streamlining Breasts: The Exaltation of Form and Disguise of Function in 1930s’ Ideals Author(s): Adrienne Berney

During the 1930’s streamlinging  design was popular. Many building, furniture, art and cars were streamlined designed. Streamlined style-Late type of art Deco architecture and design that emerged in the 1930’s. Its architectural style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines and sometimes nautical elements. This type of design hid machinery functional parts. This style shaped woman’s wear and their undergarments. Products such as creams, breast pumps, and various undergarments were often advertised to her reshape a woman’s breast. During the victorian era Child bearing and motherhood were very important to a woman. A Victorians woman’s breast were presented maternally. They were advertised to look materially aesthetically and nourishing. During the 19th century breastfeeding was not desired because it was thought to have destroy youthful looking breast. The new style was great that looked firm and youthful! Women looked to creams, pumps and padded bras to help plum up their breast. Women often chose not to breastfeed because of this style in the 1930’s.