How crazy was the bicycle craze?

By | January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Many of our readers will be familiar with “the bicycle craze” of the late 1800s and the idea that the bicycle revolutionized the freedom women enjoyed from day to day and catapulted the Dress Reform Movement into the mainstream. This month I have had the privilege to work on an event for the Molly Brown [...]

Victorian Dress Reform: Who, What, When, and Why

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many of us know about the women’s suffrage movement, abolition, and temperance societies, but what about the dress reform movement?  Many of the most radical and audacious women involved in progressive movements of the Victorian Era could see the way that women were physically prevented from fully participating in society. Such limitations, they argued, took [...]

The Tea Gown – Bridging Victorian and Edwardian Fashion

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

The tea gown is the epitome of the charm of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Originally meant as a pretty, fashionable, and comfortable garment to wear at home, it grew into a fashion staple that is still loved today. An 1883 article on hygienic dress describes how indispensable the garment had become. [...]

The Evolution of Dress Reform – Part 2

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Dress Reform - Beyond the Bloomer Although the bloomer dress did not take off as a fashion in the mid-19th century, dress reform didn't go away. Women were still seeking social and political equality. The invention of the hoop skirt wasn't going to change that. Women still participated in sports, and fashion continued to evolve [...]

The Evolution of Dress Reform – Part 1

By | July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Seeds of Dress Reform are Sown When settlers came to what is now the United States, it wasn't unusual to see Native American women wearing leggings under their skirts. European women were not immune to their functionality. Some women started wearing a version of pants under their skirts during the French Revolution. This combination was [...]