A History of Panties


The history of women's underwear is probably shorter than you think. Cristen and Caroline unpack the evolution of pantaloons to panties and how what women wear under their clothes reveals a lot about the world outside of them.

Episode sources:

"7 Things Historical Women Wore Under Their Skirts." http://mentalfloss.com/article/51840/7-things-historical-women-wore-under-their-skirts

"An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie and Sexuality." https://books.google.com/books?id=Le5qnhFFZWAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"How Elsa Schiaparelli Changed Women's Underwear." http://www.npr.org/2013/05/07/179872180/shocked-a-memoir-about-beauty-and-its-beholders

"Reforming Women's Fashion, 1850 - 1920: Politics, Health and Art." https://books.google.com/books?id=jqTToUwfElQC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Some facts about European underwear, 1700 - 1900, and its relationship to what women used for menstruation." http://www.mum.org/underhis.htm

"The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History: 1501 - 1800." https://books.google.com/books?id=S8bTzilz1BMC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Undergarments History: 1920s Skirt Knickers & Camisole Chemise, Pants, Drawers, Briefs and Knickers Fashion." http://www.fashion-era.com/drawers-pants-combinations-knickers-fashion.htm

Academic insights:

"Erotic Modesty: (Ad)dressing Female Sexuality and Propriety in Open and Closed Drawers, USA, 1800 - 1930." Jill Fields. Gender and History. 2002. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0424.00279/abstract;jsessionid=1131E54A2183FA1A08B183C486507AA3.f03t03

"History from Below: Women's Underwear and the Rise of Women's Sport." Janet Phillips and Peter Phillips. Journal of Popular Culture. 1993. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0022-3840.1993.00129.x/abstract

Topics in this Podcast: fashion, sexuality, panties, nudity