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Fair Play and Fascism: The Development of British Olympic Team Uniforms 1908-1948

Biddle-Perry, Geraldine (2012) Fair Play and Fascism: The Development of British Olympic Team Uniforms 1908-1948. Sport in History, 32 (2). pp. 231-256. ISSN 1746-0263

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Biddle-Perry, Geraldine

This essay looks at how British sporting ideals were embodied and given material form in the outfitting and presentation of British Olympic teams in the opening ceremonies of the modern games held up to and including those of London in 1948. An exploration of the formative development of Olympic ceremonial attire from the late nineteenth century provides a conceptual framework for examining how such clothing functioned as a conduit through which wider ideals of British nationhood were discursively produced in the twentieth century. To what extent did a historical model of British Olympic amateurism and its embodiment in the development of British Olympic team uniforms together operate as a counter to the aggressive body culture of fascist ideology in the 1930s?

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17460263.2012.681353
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: fashion, nationalism, ideology, Olympic uniforms
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for The British Society of Sports History
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 14 June 2012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/17460263.2012.681353
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 13:10
Item ID: 8841
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8841

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