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Shapewear Fit And Attractiveness Ratings Based On Body Type, Kirstie Fish, Maureen Macgillivray, Su Kyoung An, Carol Beard Jan 2013

Shapewear Fit And Attractiveness Ratings Based On Body Type, Kirstie Fish, Maureen Macgillivray, Su Kyoung An, Carol Beard

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

The history of shapewear is lengthy and controversial. Shapewear is worn to manipulate body shape to meet the social ideal. According to Hawthorne (1933), girdles became decreasingly popular in the 1960’s. The invention of control top panty hose eliminated the need for girdles to hold up stockings. Chandler and Palmer (1995) believed that shapewear became important again because baby boomers began to age and gain weight. Their bodies lacked definition and shape, which lead to the creation of shapewear.


Diversity In Body Shape And Size: Teaching Design And Communications, Bernie Murray, Ben Barry Jan 2013

Diversity In Body Shape And Size: Teaching Design And Communications, Bernie Murray, Ben Barry

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Teaching students to create products targeting niche markets and specialty sizes is challenging in fashion education. Students often begin their schooling with steadfast ideas about what body type and shape is desirable in fashion. These ideas are learned, promoted and reinforced by students’ role models and inspirational references in the fashion industry.