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A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati's Golden Age, 1877-1922

A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati's Golden Age, 1877-1922 (Hardback)

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'This exhibition catalogue (worth buying for the photographs alone) documents the artistry and skills of dressmakers who catered to the elite women of Cincinnati' - "Dress". 'One gets a rare glimpse into the business of fashion in this stunning publication...Amneus uses dressmaking as a central theme to merge key issues in the areas of social and labor history during a time of cultural transformation in America. The result is a scholarly work that documents gender roles, equal rights, artisanship, and entrepreneurship' - "Michigan Historical Review". Dressmaking, considered a natural extension of womens proper work in the home, was a common and lucrative employment for women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It afforded creative expression, prestige in the community, and even the possibility of financial independence. Yet as entrepreneurs, dressmakers faced unique business pressures, and with the advent of department stores and widespread mass production of womens clothing, most were forced out of business.

Coinciding with the exhibition Cynthia Amnus organized for the Cincinnati Art Museum, this work examines the nineteenth-century ideology of womens separate sphere, the early feminist movement, women in the workplace, and dressmakers as artisans and professionals. More than 140 stunning custom-made garments, historical photographs, and dressmakers labels document the superb artistic and technical skill of the women who produced fashionable dress in Cincinnati from 1877 to 1922. Bracketing Amnuss incisive study are essays by Anne Bissonnette on the eccentric tea gown, Marla Miller on the pitfalls of researching womens cultural work, and Shirley Teresa Wajda on the dressmakers wealthy clientele. In all, A Separate Sphere offers a careful look into the lives of women struggling with ideological boundaries. Chronicling choices made by and imposed on both working-class women and their affluent counterparts, it reveals how these women managed to enhance their prescribed sphere for themselves and for the community at large.

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