Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorCumming, Deb
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-11T02:58:41Z
dc.date.available2015-06-11T02:58:41Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/6695
dc.description.abstractNew Zealand women increasingly participated in sport towards the end of the nineteenth century. Extended physical opportunities occurred in alignment with progressive social changes reflecting greater public participation and social freedom. An overriding concern of nineteenth century middle class women was to portray outward signs of respectability in public. Consequently, special attention to dress and appearance was instrumental in modifying acceptance for new codes of behaviour. This investigation of dress worn for selected sports consists of the visual content analysis of photographs, integrated with social historical research. Dress characteristics were recorded in the form of nominal and ordinal measurements of styles and descriptors, with semantic differential scales to measure various aesthetic qualities of fabric and design. These characteristics were derived from garment types and components visible in fashionable dress. This research contributes to filling a void in detailed photographic analysis of dress for sport within New Zealand, and extends and validates interpretations of social relevance from other literature. Analysis of dress for sport during this period has revealed elements of continuity and change sympathetic to the social circumstances of the period. Consistently, women displayed restraint and respectability to confirm their social identity and to legitimise their involvement in sport. Towards the end of the century, the evidence suggests the majority of women wore dress for sporting activity which borrowed from the dress of the 'new woman', an aesthetic already presented in the public arena. The dress of the 'new woman' for sport signified a redefinition of femininity, an acceptance of combined aesthetics and gendered symbolism, denoting a progressive change to greater physical and social freedom.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectSports clothes for womenen_US
dc.subjectSportswearen_US
dc.subjectSports clothingen_US
dc.subjectClothing historyen_US
dc.titleAn investigation of European women's dress in New Zealand for selected sports 1880-1912 : a negotiated position of appearance for increased freedom and social acceptance : a thesis submitted for the degree of Masters of design at Massey Universityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDesignen_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Design (M.Des.)en_US


Files in this item

Icon
Icon

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record