Object 36

Active Clothing

2031, Victoria & Albert Museum, England

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According to Western culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the ideal man and woman should strive to be slim, tanned, and unblemished. Such traits would signal their exceptional health, wealth and freedom to spend time outdoors indulging in leisure and physical pursuits — opportunities that lower-status manual labourers and office workers lacked.

But the imperfect were not bereft ...