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The Long (and Short) of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt

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From its simple beginnings as a unisex body wrap to its bold march forward as an iconic symbol of femininity to a haute couture fashion statement, the skirt has had a perilous journeyone day subject to accolades, the next ridicule, and even coming under fire before the Supreme Court. Cultural icon, garment of personal expression, verb or slur, the significance of the skirt

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Harper Paperbacks
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Imogen
Dec 12, 2008 Imogen rated it it was amazing
When my dog wakes up, at like seven thirty, the first thing she does is come into Alex's bedroom to see whether we're awake. We're not, so she leaves for ten minutes and lays on the living room couch. Then she comes back in and barks at us, which sucks because it is so quiet and we're so asleep. If we manage to ignore her, she'll leave for five more minutes, but then when she comes back, the whining starts. The whining is how she gets us, because she doesn't get bored with it at all- she just si ...more
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Sep 13, 2010 Meaghan rated it liked it
Shelves: history, read-in-2010
A very interesting and amusingly written history of the skirt, from the age of the loincloth to the present day, including lines like "the metal slats bulged out in the back as though the wearer had just hatched an armadillo" (about the cage crinoline) and "Women's behinds protruded almost perpendicular to their waistlines giving them the profile of a snail" (about bustles).

I would give this book four stars but for a glaring and most disturbing error on page 40, wherein the author refers to Cath
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Apr 22, 2011 Judie rated it liked it
A concise, very handy reference if you, as the title suggests, want to know how skirts evolved from time immemorial up to the present.
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