Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Sportswear Retrospective

So the exercise a lady was supposed to take throughout history was . . . walking. Most improving, walking.

1865 Walking Ensemble; 1868 Skating Ensemble both The Metropolitan Museum of Art

But there was skating as well, a dignified and sedate slide around an iced pond ~ brisk and refreshing. Both dresses had shorter hem than their daily wear counterparts and sometimes fewer underpinnings, the better to facilitate freedom of movement.

 1870-1875 Walking Dress; 1885 Walking Dress both The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1887-1888 Walking Ensemble The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1890s Skating Ensemble The Kyoto Costume Institute


1905 Golf Attire From Edwardian Promenade on Facebook

1909  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (for motoring, I think)

 1910 Walking Suit  Jeanne Paquin  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1915 Walking Ensemble  The Philadelphia Museum of Art


 1916-1918 Walking Ensemble  The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1918 Walking Suit  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Then, suddenly, in the late 20s with women adopting trousers, skiing became an option.

 1922 Ski Woman’s Ski Ensemble; 1929 Ski Ensemble  Burberry both The Victoria & Albert Museum

 1930 Ski Suit The Kyoto Costume Institute; 1930s Skit Suit  Kerry Taylor Auctions

 1935 Ski Ensemble The Goldstein Museum of Design; 1935-1944  Ski Suit The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1940s Ski Ensemble The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1940s Ski Suit 1stdibs.com

 1940s Skating Outfit  Whitaker Auctions

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