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The Trend for Mannish Suits in the 1930s
Dress
  • Sara B. Marcketti, Iowa State University
  • Emily T. Angstman, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2013
DOI
10.1179/0361211213Z.00000000020
Abstract
During the 1930s, fashion and popular press periodicals published reports of women’s suits and separates with the structure and styling of traditional menswear, replete with broad shoulders, notched lapels, deeply cuffed trousers, made in masculine fabrics of woolens, flannels, and plaids. The trend, termed ‘mannish,’ opposed the feminine fashions of the previous decades. Analysis of Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue revealed factors that contributed to the trend and sartorial components that encompassed the look. The authors contend that the mannish trend begun as a sports style was promoted by Hollywood, couched in the aristocracy of English tailoring and fabrics, and was advocated for by the fashion and popular press.
Comments

This is an author's final manuscript from Dress 39 (2013): 139–152, doi:10.1179/0361211213Z.00000000020.

Copyright Owner
Costume Society of America
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Sara B. Marcketti and Emily T. Angstman. "The Trend for Mannish Suits in the 1930s" Dress Vol. 39 Iss. 2 (2013) p. 135 - 152
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sara_marcketti/5/