The Body: Fashion & Physique, an interview with Emma McClendon


Throughout history undergarments such as corsets have been used to shape the body into artificial--fashionable--silhouettes. We explore the idea of the fashionable body with fashion historian and curator Emma McClendon. Photograph courtesy The Museum at FIT.

This episode explores how the body type considered ideal shifts over time, and we speak with fashion historian Emma McClendon about her current exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique.

Additional Reading

  • Bruna, Denis, ed. Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.
  • Hollander, Anne. Seeing Through Clothes. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
  • McClendon, Emma. The Body: Fashion and Physique. New York: The Museum at FIT, 2017.
  • Ribeiro, Aileen. Dress and Morality. New York: Holmes and Meier Publisher, Inc., 1986.
  • Vigarello, Georges. The Silhouette: From the 18th Century to the Present Day. Translated by Augusta Dörr. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.