This is the first edited collection of its kind to analyse the distinct but overlapping topics of dress, costume, sport and leisure history. For researchers of bodily adornment and movement, sport and costume history are both primarily concerned with industrial practice and embodied experience. The ways in which bodies are adorned, embellished and clothed (or revealed) highlights the hybrid nature of dress history, encompassing as it does the everyday clothing solutions of the mass of people and the unusual or more ceremonial aspects of costume, as well as elite high fashion. Although this is as yet an under-researched area, there are an increasing number of fashion and clothing undergraduate and postgraduate courses that specialise in sport and leisurewear. This publication is intended to give an introductory overview of the historical and contemporary issues as it does for the growing number of sport marketing and sports studies courses concerned with dress, costume history and branding.
This book was published as a special issue of Sport in History.
Table of Contents
1. Kit: Fashioning the Sporting Body - Introduction Jean Williams
2. Delineating Professional and Amateur Athletic Bodies in Victorian England Dave Day and Samantha-Jayne Oldfield
3. The Style Stakes: Fashion, Sportswear and Horse Racing in Inter-war America Alison Goodrum
4. Given the Boot: Reading the Ambiguities of British and Continental Football Boot Design Jean Williams
5. ‘Ten Years Ahead of His Time’: The East End Elegance of Martin Peters John Hughson
6. German Sports Shoes, Basketball, and Hip Hop: The Consumption and Cultural Significance of the adidas ‘Superstar’, 1966-1988 Thomas Turner
7. From Sportswear to Leisurewear: The Evolution of English Football League Shirt Design in the Replica Kit Era Christopher Stride, Jean Williams, David Moor and Nick Catley
Jean Williams is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Sporting History and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Having written on women’s football since 1998, Jean has recently published A Contemporary History of Women’s Sport 1850-1960 (Routledge, 2014). She is currently writing Send Her Victorious: A History of Britain’s Women Olympians 1900-2014, forthcoming in 2016.