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A Brief History of Underwear: UNMENTIONABLES.

Benson, Elaine; Esten, John

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ISBN 10: 0684822660 / ISBN 13: 9780684822662
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
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UNMENTIONABLES traces the history of underwear from its earliest appearance around the frozen loins of a 5,300 year-old Tyrolean iceman to its up-to-the-minute status as fashion's new outerwear. Using fine art, photography, film stills, cartoons, and advertisements to tell the story visually, Elaine Benson also goes on to describe the social history and psychological underpinnings of a subject that holds an incomparably powerful fascination for all of us. Tying the images and text together is the extraordinary design of John Esten, who manages to show the subject's unexpected connections and the contradictions between past and present, fantasy and real life. Fine, in near-fine (1/2" tear repaired inside jacket at rear spine top), in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 4704

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Title: A Brief History of Underwear: UNMENTIONABLES...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Traces the history and evolution of undergarments from prehistoric times to the present

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"Boxers or Briefs?" has become a political litmus test for presidential candidates, but what does the answer really tell us? Quite a lot, argue Elaine Benson and John Esten in Unmentionables: A Brief History of Underwear. The question posed to Bill Clinton in 1992 may seem silly, but undergarments have a distinctly political part to play in history. During the women's movement, it was not effegies of men that women burnt, but bras, a daily reminder of difference--if not inequality. The history of underwear is an exposition that marks out the roles of culture and nature, the position of women, and the American love affair with the T-shirt. This thoroughly illustrated volume covers all, from the first fig leaf to the newest Fruit of the Looms and from bloomers to panties, revealing a side of humanity not often seen in public.

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