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The sporting life

*Cue Decemberist song*

Newest exhibit at FIT highlights sports wear along the times. Includes Victorian clothes. Learned surprising facts!

Full story and notes under cut

So ANYWAYS I was late for the schools and I skipped food and when I got to the class there is sign on door saying class is bumped for another hour. OMG. Anyways so I goes out across street to get something to eat and there I see it!

The museum at my school finally removed it's exhibition "Tokyo Fashion now" (which is what the book is based off of) and replaced it with another set of clothes called "The sporting life".

But the absence of the lolita/japanese clothes wasn't what set me off. It was the sample they used on the advertisement:
fitnyc.edu/images/museumIntruders/sporting_life_dress_200.jpg

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:O
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OMG

Yes, it included VICTORIAN WOMEN'S SPORTS CLOTHING!!

Here is more info on the exhibit
http://fitnyc.edu/10717.asp

*_*

Sadly the museum does not allow cameras so you'd just have to come over and check it out yourselves (if you are in NYC)

So cool. I LOVE sailor outfits!

ANYWAYS

here are some notes I took when I went after class

Bathing Suits (1850s-1092)
Normally made of wool and twill
Very heavy and long
BELTED at waist.
Modesty over function
A skirt over bloomers were preferred over the bloomers as showing the bloomers would be naughty!
Short sleeves introduced in 1900s

BATHING SHOES
worn with high socks.
didn't become acceptable to go to beach barefoot until 1940s!


Ridding
Normally made of flannel or wool
Linen introduced in 1900s
Maintained hourglass shape (via corset)
Women rode SIDESADDLE until the 1920s! So pants were not needed.
The cut of the skirt was designed at an angle so when one was on the horse the seam ran parallel to the ground.
Safety skirt introduced in 1900s, these were shorter.

Gym wear
Example -1922
Made of cotton
Sailor styled
Common in 1910-1920s
unbelted
Uncovered bloomers
loose blouse

Compared to the sailor styled bathing suits of the Victorian era it appears that the common bathing outfit we see girls putting together now is more of a 20s look than it is victorian/lolita!


Bicycling
example-1898
Wool
popular activity in the late 19th century
Divided skirts (very very loose pants that looks like full skirt when standing normal)
Wearing these divided skirts was considered unmosdist outside the context of riding a bike
Women in France would be arrested if wearing divided skirts and not riding Bike.

BOOTS
Straps on the top of the boot kept laces from getting caught on the bike
Boots were very tall to protect stocking from getting dirty!

So in note/short tall boots (with straps) were meant for keeping socks clean, meaning if you wear tall boats you're expecting to do something dirty!
Another note, straps are made to keep laces in, not just decorate!


Croquet
Close in design to tennis outfits
Could pretty much play in ANY outfit

Tennis
Some wore corest, even though it was NOT advised
very long skirt
soft fabrics (cotton, linen)
sailor collars

Motoring/Driving

Based on travailing clothes worn before cars
General beige and brown colors (so dirt and dust cannot be seen, also colours used in basic travel/train clothes!
Clothes and hats very minimal with decorations
Long skirts/coats

Hunting

Advised to dress as pretty as possible, "wear garden party attire"



Also wrote down the BOOKS that were noted in the gallery
Shooting for Ladies - 1911
The Woman and the Car - 1909 - Dorothy Levit
Woman's Book of Sports - 1901 - Jahial (lol can't read my handwriting)


Also

High heeled tennis shoes? WTF FRANCE

ANYWAYS

FUN LEARNING WTF
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