With so much heartbreaking news and so many head-smacking decisions, is there space to consider the history of women’s sportswear?
I’ve found “Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960” to be not just a comforting distraction from the latest pandemic surge, but a look at how style, gender and women’s sports have evolved. There’s so much virtual programming that I almost don’t mind not seeing it in person at The Frick Pittsburgh.
Construction, detail and form aside, these outfits seem like they’re from another planet. There’s an ensemble a woman would wear in the 1890s for mountaineering. Try rock-climbing in a flowy skirt and a shirt with poofy mutton sleeves. To go swimming in the 1900s, don’t forget your personal changing tent that hangs from your neck.
We’ve moved past that era.
Or have we?
I geeked out on this exhibit as I was watching the Olympics. More