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Small Waists and Tiny Feet: The Influence of Fashion on Deformed Skeletal Remains, Even in a Girl from the Wild West

Author(s): Catrina Whitley

Year: 2017

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Fashion depicts many aspects of a person's life; from socioeconomic status to personal taste.  Emmie Baker Scott followed the trends of fashionable dress from childhood to her death in 1885.  Her skeletal remains and clothing reveal her family's emphasis on emulating the upper class and the presentation of an ideal Victorian era female figure.  Born to a doctor, his occupation would have brought wealth and social standing to the family.  Emmie might have been scrutinized with increased pressure to conform to social expectations of her status, resulting in skeletal deformity consistent with body modification from an early age.  This paper will discuss Emmie's skeletal changes and clothing remnants attesting she wore tightly laced corsets and shoes too small for her feet so they would appear diminutive; both desirable traits.  Skeletal changes documenting corseting are rarely reported in the archaeological literature and this paper will address possible reasons for this absence


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Small Waists and Tiny Feet: The Influence of Fashion on Deformed Skeletal Remains, Even in a Girl from the Wild West. Catrina Whitley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435600)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 370

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America