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Women's Wear is Far from Fitting

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 15, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 13:39

Guest: Anne Bissonnette, PhD, Associate Professor of Material Culture and Curatorship, Curator of Clothing and Textiles Collection, University of Alberta It’s just a fact of life that our bodies change in shape and size as we age. Sudden, or even subtle, shifts in weight can require a whole new wardrobe. Why are clothes in the Western world designed so that even a slight gain in the hips or belly requires a new pant size? On the other hand, the one-size-fits-all sari from India is proof that clothing can both fit and flex with the normal shifts in a body. A new exhibit at the University of Alberta in Canada explores the lack of adaptability in Western clothing. It’s called “Misfits: Bodies, Dress and Sustainability.” Click here for a more information on the exhibit.