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Clothing the British Olympic Ideal: The Emergence of Olympic Ceremonial Attire, 1896–1924

Biddle-Perry, Geraldine (2012) Clothing the British Olympic Ideal: The Emergence of Olympic Ceremonial Attire, 1896–1924. Journal of Design History, 25 (3). pp. 252-267. ISSN 1741-7279, 0952-4649

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

The history of sporting clothing has complex inter-connections with the wider fashioning of modern subjectivities. However, this remains an overlooked aspect of sports, leisure and fashion historical studies. This essay looks at the relationship between the constitution of modern Olympic bodies and the allied evolution of new forms of sporting dress from the late nineteenth century. The historical emergence of the modern nation state provides a conceptual framework within which to examine the formative development of British Olympic ceremonial attire from the inception of the modern Olympic movement in 1896, through to the opening ceremony of the Paris Games of 1924. The essay focuses on British male Olympic team members and interrogates how new forms of sporting ceremonial clothing historically functioned to fashion a highly politicized discourse of Olympic sporting nationhood.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/eps017
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: cultural nationalism, national identity, sporting dress, ceremonial attire, sporting body ideals, ideology
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Oxford University Press
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: August 2012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1093/jdh/eps017
Related Websites: http://jdh.oxfordjournals.org/
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Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 13:22
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 13:22
Item ID: 8842
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8842

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