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50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
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Mar 11, 12

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bookshelves: childrens, non-fiction
Read in March, 2012

The history of underwear for children, useful for ages 7 – 11 depending on the child, of course. Underwear isn't a subject you can find much source material on, especially for this age range, so this is a welcome addition to books on costume even if it does have a jokey approach and cartoon illustrations that are more about appeal than accuracy. It offers a pretty good outline of different types of underwear for men and women through the ages. There was one glaring omission in women's body shapes/corsetry. The timeline jumped from 18th century panniers to 19th century Victorian hooped skirts and completely missed out the more relaxed Regency styles and shapes, which was a short but important fashion period. That apart it seemed to cover most points from loin-cloths via jockstraps to boxers and from corsets via bloomers to thongs.

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