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A Close Shave (Male Beauty Ideals) [electronic resource]

The idea that all a man has to do is throw on shirt and he's ready to head out the door is long gone. Nowadays, men primp and groom. But they have their own set of problems: trimming that goatee, buffing up the biceps, hiding that bald spot… In this episode, we take a look back on a century in which men became customers of the beauty industry.
Online
2001
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A Leg Up (Stockings) [electronic resource]

Stockings have been held in place by thigh garters and corselettes. They were imitated with leg make-up during World War II. And all along they have aggravated us with runs and crooked seams! Whether hidden under Victorian dresses or exposed by the mini-skirt, stockings cling to fashion trends and make women's legs look oh-so-sexy…
Online
2001
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A Head for Fashion (Hats) [electronic resource]

The hat maker and the hair stylist have always had a volatile relationship when it comes adorning the head. Thanks to long manes and complicated hairspray styles in the '60s, the stylist has won - at least for now. This episode examines the long and fascinating history of the hat maker's trade.
Online
2001
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A Supporting Role (Corset and Bra) [electronic resource]

From the whalebone corset to the push-up bra, foundation garments have shaped fashion throughout the 20th century. The corset that had so restricted women was finally swept out, along with Victorian morals, after World War I. The brassiere was hailed in the '20s and burned in the '70s. Whether pointed in the '50s or padded in the '90s, it is an architectural masterpiece - and still has to be assembled by hand.
Online
2001
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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Furs) [electronic resource]

Fur is a necessity in Alaska and a luxury item in New York City. A king's ermine signifies power, while a 1930s movie star, dripping in white fox, exudes sex appeal. Yet ever since the '60s, fur lovers have found themselves in the crossfire of a heated debate over animal rights. The history of fur is about much more than just fashion...
Online
2001
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All That Glitters (Jewels) [electronic resource]

Diamonds may be forever, but fashion is fickle. While strings of pearls and crystal bracelets accompanied the sophisticated flapper dress, earrings made from big plastic disks were necessary for the sixties pop-art styles. And what about '90s "cyber jewelry" hiding microprocessors? This episode features trivia on cultured pearls, earclips, and cubic zirconia, as well as dazzling footage of all that glitters.
Online
2001
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Bet Your Boots (Boots) [electronic resource]

Boots can be so much more than the classic, utilitarian rubber model. In fact, ankle boots were once the required footwear for a decent lady. It helped her long skirts conceal her ankles. As hemlines moved up, shoes also began to reveal more foot. But boots kept coming back; from sexy stiletto bootees to provocative knee-highs, they have straddled fashion and functionality across the 20th century.
Online
2001
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Bib and Bonnet Beauties (Children) [electronic resource]

Until the dawn of the 20th century, mothers wrapped their babies tightly, hoping to help their spines and legs grow straight. During the past 100 years, babies were liberated in more than one way. Protected from trauma and restrictions, even in the realm of clothing, there are now entire stores devoted to baby's fashion needs!
Online
2001
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Breaking the Rules (Sportswear) [electronic resource]

A hundred years ago, people played tennis in everyday suits and long dresses. Today, people wear gym shoes to work, sweatpants to the grocery store, and baseball hats to parties. The invention of sportswear - garments that inhabit a zone between casual and dressy - has turned the world of fashion upside down.
Online
2001
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East Meets West (Ethnic Influences on Fashion) [electronic resource]

Living in a globalized, multicultural world, people often don't realize the ethnic origins of everyday clothes. Pajamas borrowed their name from the Hindi word for pants, and tie-dye techniques were imported from the East. Many ethnic designs have blended seamlessly into our daily wardrobe, while others are worn to set us apart and show pride in our heritage.
Online
2001
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Fit to Be Tied (Ties) [electronic resource]

Rivaled by its precursor the cravat, regional variations like the bolo tie, and the bolo's sophisticated cousin the bow tie, the standard businessman's tie as we know it today was not invented until the '20s. Ever since, it has repeatedly widened and narrowed - and adopted every color and print imaginable in the process. In the '30s, it even received a royal touch when the Duke of Windsor invented a knot that bears his name to this day.
Online
2001
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Following Suit (Suits for Women) [electronic resource]

Although today it's considered rather conservative, the suit for women was once a revolution in the world of female fashions. It introduced comfort into a wardrobe once dominated by corsets and crinolines… It became the ideal multifunctional outfit for every occasion… And it was immortalized by Coco Chanel. Worn by the imitable Jackie Kennedy and the '80s superwoman, the suit is here to stay.
Online
2001
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Here Comes the Bride (Wedding Dress) [electronic resource]

Something old, something new: possibly the most revered garment in a woman's wardrobe, the wedding dress, is seen in a new light. This episode shows how white came to be standard for the wedding dress, how royals have inspired thousands of brides - even before Princess Diana - and how veil and dress lengths have fluctuated with the styles and trends of the times.
Online
2001
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If the Shoe Fits (Shoes) [electronic resource]

Shoe designs took great strides in 20th-century fashion, not sparing any extremes. Platform shoes caused ankle sprains, and stiletto heels punctured museum floors. Audrey Hepburn brought relief with the ballerina slipper, and hippies went back to nature barefoot. The sneaker took care of all our comfort woes. But will anybody ever discover a shoe that is both comfortable and sexy?
Online
2001
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Knit Wit (Knitwear) [electronic resource]

Nowadays mostly reserved for scarves and sweaters, knitted wool was once used for everything that needed to be soft and stretchy: a baby's layette, sports clothing, and even bathing suits. Knitwear was more than just a fabric; in the first half of the 20th century, it came to stand for a new way of life: more leisure, less formality, and - most of all - comfort.
Online
2001
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Making Waves (the Bikini) [electronic resource]

In the early 1900s, women actually wore a bathing dress to the beach. Since then, the evolution of the bathing suit has chronicled changing morals in the 20th century. Patented just days after the first atomic bomb tests on Bikini Island, the revealing garment with the same name became the first of a series of scandals in swimwear, which include the topless bathing suit and the thong bikini.
Online
2001
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Female Beauty Ideals) [electronic resource]

The torturous waist-shaping corset of the Victorian era… The bright green eye shadow of the '70s… Prompted both by fashion trends and by cultural norms, women tend to adopt the prescribed beauty ideals of their times. The 20th century saw milestone achievements in beauty culture - from the first plastic surgeries in the '20s, to the portable metal lipstick container, to the aerobics craze of the '80s. This episode is about changing looks and the industries that accommodate the drive for physical perfection.
Online
2001
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Off the Cuff (Men's Fashions) [electronic resource]

Centuries ago, men wore heels, stockings, and wigs. Eventually they settled on the uniform three-piece suit. Ever since, women have had all the fun in the world of fashion, or so it seems - until the blazer was invented in the '20s and broke up traditional dress codes.
Online
2001
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Out of the Rain (Raincoats) [electronic resource]

Not surprisingly, the British were the pioneers in making fabrics watertight. Charles Macintosh invented a waterproofing rubber concoction, and British officers were the first to wear trench coats. The history of rainwear - from the rubber boot to the sou'wester - is a case study in how necessity is the mother of invention.
Online
2001
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Rain or Shine (Umbrellas and Canes) [electronic resource]

At the turn of the 20th century, women never left the house without a dainty umbrella or parasol to protect their skin against the sun. As tanned skin became fashionable, the umbrella's main purpose shifted to shield against the rain. Today, we only carry one when we have to, and an umbrella is considered a burden rather than a chic accessory.
Online
2001