The perfect dress and its making: a comparative study of the sartorial practices of Amsterdam women (1950s-2010s)

I. Maldini, R. Manz

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Abstract

The shift from home and custom-made clothing to mass-produced ready-mades in 20 th-century Europe has been the subject of studies from multiple disciplines and across various locations. Contributing to this field of studies, and extending the analysis until the present day, a group of female consumers living in Amsterdam in the 1950s and 2010s were interviewed about their sartorial habits. The study identifies a discrepancy between common manufacturing processes and values related to identity as a central cause of this shift. Furthermore it explores how such a discrepancy can be found again today, arguing that this divergence is leading to the re-emergence of customized production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ICDHS conference, Taipei, Taiwan
Place of PublicationSao Paulo
Pages157-161
Number of pages6
Volume10
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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