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"It Is A Profession That Is New, Unlimited And Rich!": The Promotion Of The American Fashion Designer In The 1930s , Sheryl Ann Farnan Jan 2005

"It Is A Profession That Is New, Unlimited And Rich!": The Promotion Of The American Fashion Designer In The 1930s , Sheryl Ann Farnan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examines the American fashion designer portrayed through diverse publicity generated in various popular culture formats during the Depression era, 1930--1940. Through career literature, fiction, feature film, and promotion in magazine articles, the American woman came to know the creators of her fashions. Themes of wholesale design, retail design, income and perquisites, education and training emerged. Other themes such as client relations, selling, work process, and attitudes toward the French mystique were also discussed. A picture developed of a profession with unlimited opportunity which allowed women to rise to executive leadership, utilize creativity and artistic talent, earn a lucrative ...


Design Piracy In The United States Women's Ready-To-Wear Apparel Industry: 1910-1941 , Sara Beth Marcketti Jan 2005

Design Piracy In The United States Women's Ready-To-Wear Apparel Industry: 1910-1941 , Sara Beth Marcketti

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research investigates the economic conditions of the American apparel industry, as well as the complex interactions of apparel industry members, trade organizations, and the U.S. government to better understand the reasons cited for supporters of apparel style protection versus those who accepted design piracy. The purpose is to examine the concept of piracy within the historical context of the American ready-to-wear apparel industry. Through an analysis of journalistic coverage in trade and popular fashion periodicals, pertinent legal records, economic and census data, governmental hearings, archival sources, and the case study of the Fashion Originators Guild of America, this ...


Industrializing The Corn Belt: Iowa Farmers, Technology And The Midwestern Landscape, 1945-1972 , Joseph Leslie Anderson Jan 2005

Industrializing The Corn Belt: Iowa Farmers, Technology And The Midwestern Landscape, 1945-1972 , Joseph Leslie Anderson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

From 1945 to 1972 Iowa farmers remade their landscape in the image of an industrial model characterized by large-scale production, the substitution of capital for labor, strict cost accounting, specialization, and efficiency. Farm families were leaders in adopting new technology to solve their problems in the post World War II period, a contrast to the pre-war years when experts such as college educated professionals, journalists, and industry leaders advocated the application of industrial ideals to agriculture. Many farmers industrialized production because of a persistent postwar farm labor shortage and a cost-price squeeze in which the prices farmers paid for products ...


Westward Expansion, John Tipton, And The Emergence Of The American Midwest 1800-1839 , Ginette M. Aley Jan 2005

Westward Expansion, John Tipton, And The Emergence Of The American Midwest 1800-1839 , Ginette M. Aley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This represents a social history of the process of westward expansion, the human drama that unfolded in the shaping of the American West of the early republic during the first four decades of the nineteenth century. Here, people and place were connected by a complex set of evolving relationships and contingencies which is evident in the following interplay of voices, perceptions, and accounts. They reveal at once the dynamism of the advancing agricultural frontier northwest of the Ohio River. Admittedly, however, the dominant Euro-American perspective speaks the loudest, yet references to women, Native Americans, and African Americans were made part ...


Occupation And Displacement In The Old Northwest: The Role Of Three Technologies, Gustavo A. Gutiérrez Jan 2005

Occupation And Displacement In The Old Northwest: The Role Of Three Technologies, Gustavo A. Gutiérrez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Occupation of the Old Northwest by whites and the displacement of the aboriginal people of that region is the subject matter studied in this dissertation. The Old Northwest was the region bordered by the Allegheny Mountains, Great Lakes, and the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The aboriginal people that lived there included the Iroquois, Delawares, Shawnees, Miamis, Wyandots, Ottawas, Menominees, Illinois, Sacs, Foxes, and Chippeways. The period covered extends from 1760 to the 1840s;This investigation shows that the occupation and displacement was realized progressively and through intense interaction between whites and reds. Within that interaction, three areas are studied here ...


Fashion And Fallen Women: The Apparel Industry, The Retail Trade, Fashion, And Prostitution In Late 19th Century St Louis , Jennifer Marie Schulle Jan 2005

Fashion And Fallen Women: The Apparel Industry, The Retail Trade, Fashion, And Prostitution In Late 19th Century St Louis , Jennifer Marie Schulle

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was an attempt to determine whether fashion, the clothing industry, or the retail trade played a role in bringing women into the profession of prostitution in St. Louis. This study also examined the common beliefs of the period including the conviction that young women fell from grace if they had an excessive love of dress. The people of the Gilded Age were concerned about whether their young women behaved and appeared appropriate while maintaining their virtue, despite the temptations of fashionable society. Fashion was of primary importance in the lives of most nineteenth-century people. However, young women who ...