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HomeArticlesHistorical periodsVictorianEarly-Mid Victorian 1837-67The Debate Over Women’s Clothing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, and the Rational Dress Movement by Ginger Breo

The Debate Over Women’s Clothing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, and the Rational Dress Movement by Ginger Breo

Bloomer Club Cigars, 1890Most in the reenacting and historical costuming communities spend countless hours and large amounts of money researching and executing the perfectly period-appropriate hourglass corset or bustle. We feel elegant and oh-so-Victorian with our suddenly-tiny waists and perfect posture.

It may be hard,then, for we, as modern women who don a corset for a few events a year, to understand the many difficulties presented by wearing these garments every day, and why there was a movement right at the start of the Victorian era to do away with them altogether.

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The Debate Over Women’s Clothing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, and the Rational Dress Movement by Ginger Breo   Thanks for this article, I've always had issues with the 19th corset and dress and I am therefore very interested in the Reform Dress movement, they were the early adopters, the beginning of a movement that enables women to wear such comfortable clothes today. As a feminist I agree with what they were doing and I intend to recreate their dress style as my nod to the 19th century.  
 

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