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Cockburn, J. P. "Olivetti and the missing third: fashion, working women and images of the mechanical-flâneuse in the 1920s and 1930s." Fashion Theory 19 .5 (2015): 637-686.

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This paper addresses images of the mechanical-flâneuse as the efficient modern woman at work in the 1920s and 1930s. To do so the characteristics of flânerie, traveling theory, and concepts of self-presentation are explored in relationship to the concurrent and transcultural influence on occupation and fashionable appearance of interest in Taylorism in the USA, USSR and Italy.



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