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IN PERSON: And It Has Pockets! The Battle for Women’s Clothing Equality

Event Description

How many times have you heard someone wearing women’s clothing exclaim, “And it has pockets!” Comparisons have shown that modern garments designed for women have about half the storage space of clothing designed for men. From their invention, pockets in women’s fashion have represented independence—so much so that in the 18th century, laws were enacted to strip women of their personal liberty by making the contents of their pockets the property of their husband. The right to have pockets went hand-in-hand with the right to vote. And people today are still speaking out about the inequality between men’s and women’s clothing based on this simple storage system.

Join costume designer Diane Johnston to dig into the pockets of the past, tracing the history of the humble pocket to determine if the battle for equality may still be decided by a few inches of extremely influential fabric.

  • When
  • March 23, 2024
    3:00 pm
  • Where
  • Bellevue Library Makerspace
    1111 110th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 United States
  • Host
  • King County Library System - Bellevue Library
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