The bicycle did a lot to change the lives of women and to give them mobility. Still, riding in that skirt with all those spokes simply looks like an accident waiting to happen! The photo is not dated, but the woman is wearing the “uniform” adopted by modern women in the late Victorian, early Edwardian era – that of neat white waist and slightly shorter a-line skirt.
And now for the news:
- Here is another good podcast you should know about: The History Chicks. There’s a lot here, but start with the episode called Four Inventors. Of special interest is Mary Phelps Jacobs who invented the modern bra. But what I did not know about her could fill a book. Thanks to reader Angelica for the link.
- Drexel University’s historic costume collection just got a very nice financial boost.
- The Fashion History Museum of Cambridge, Ontario, has a fund-raising event coming up in February: Chapeaux et Champagne: An Afternoon in Paris.
- The Guardian asked four museum curators about their jobs.
- The V&A blog goes into a bit of detail about selecting items for exhibition.
- Of all the news articles that I read over the past two weeks, none made me happier than this one about men going back to shorter, tighter shorts.
- It was really nice to read an article about Native American fashion that was not about cultural appropriation.
- Grace Coddington is stepping back from her role at Vogue.
- “Do museum collections alienate visitors by presenting a narrow and exclusive selection of historical fashions?” Food for thought.