Date of Award


Document Type



Theatre Arts

First Reader

Professor Eric Phillips

Second Reader

Dr. Kevin C. Motl

Third Reader

Dr. Margarita Pintado


Changing economic, political and social pressures throughout history have impacted the way human beings live their daily lives. One of the many basic areas affected by these historical changes is the area of the wardrobe. The way a person dresses has traditionally shown his or her social status, occupation, and even political views. Political and social pressure particularly influence the clothing styles favored by women. In what way, however, does the average wardrobe reflect the cultural considerations of the time, and what can the prevailing fashions of bygone eras reveal about the pressures of those days? Specifically, what do the frequent and drastic style shifts throughout the late 1800's and early 1900's reveal about the nature of American society between the Civil War and World War I?



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