POCKETS have proved perplexingly problematic for people throughout time and catalysed a remarkable volume of inventive energy.
There are tens of thousands of pocket inventions in the patent archives!
POCKETS of POWER is not just about pockets, but about the remarkable inventors of extra-ordinary pockets over the last century who have creatively used and mis-used pockets as acts of resistance and rebellion against restrictions to their rights and freedoms.
Pockets, and moreover their absence (even in contemporary women’s clothes), have attracted the attention of many feminist scholars and annoyed many a clothes wearer over the years. They are fascinating practical and socio-political objects. Because women have long been regarded AS property, pockets provide a radical way for them to have, own and carry property.
The POP dataset shows how inventors have really expanded the ordinary pocket to suit women's needs – to resist and respond to social, political and physical restrictions - stretching it far beyond its familiar conventional edges
Women have put pockets on socks and stockings, in petticoats and inside skirts, on bloomers and corsets, in sleeves , scarves, gloves, hats, cuffs, belts, bustles, and even whole garments can be converted into a giant pockets or series of pockets.
While men’s pockets tend to be in conventional places, on chest and hips, and on show, women’s can be literally everywhere….. and they’re mostly secret, concealed, multiple or masquerading as something else.