Dressed: The History of Fashion

Dressed: The History of Fashion

With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed. Join Dressed as we explore the social and cultural histories behind the who, what, when of why we wear.... Show More
July 9, 2020 28 min

Today, the bicycle is a ubiquitous summer pasttime for many of us, but in the 1890s it was a new social and cultural phenomenon that took the world by storm. As with any social activity in the nineteenth century, "cycling" required its own etiquette. This week, we explore the 1890s do's and don'ts of how to ride a bike and what to wear while doing it.

Suggested reading:

  • https://www.google.com/books/edition/Social_Etiquette_Or_Manners_and_Customs/-MxCAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=bicycling+etiquette+maude+c.+cooke&printsec=frontcover
  • Vox article: https://www.vox.com/2014/7/8/5880931/the-19th-century-health-scare-that-told-women-to-worry-about-bicycle
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