The Modern Burmese Woman and the Politics of Fashion in Colonial Burma

  title={The Modern Burmese Woman and the Politics of Fashion in Colonial Burma},
  author={Chie Ikeya},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={1277 - 1308}
  • C. Ikeya
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Art
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
In the mid-1930s, criticisms of modern women's habits, clothing, and hairstyles exploded in the Burmese popular press, showing that “modern fashion” made a man no less virtuous and patriotic but rendered a woman immoral and unpatriotic. This article examines the nature of these criticisms and their motivations, and reveals that the controversy over the dress and comportment of modern women was a complex and multifaceted phenomenon sustained by irreducibly plural interests. It argues that… 
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