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"The term “bloomers” originated
with Amelia Bloomer from which this style of garment gets its
name. She was prompted to wear the bloomers of the time because
cycling had become very popular and women wanted to maintain the
modesty that existed during that period."
Just read that on your website - um, sorry, but very wrong!
Check these websites:
For one thing the "Bloomer"-wearing period was c.1851
and bicycles did not evolve for popular use until the 1890s (as
your illustration shows)!
A Bloomer history nit-picker,
Nova Scotia Museum / Costume Society of Nova Scotia
Here is some interesting reading:
think that Amelia Bloomer and her infamous bloomers in the mid-19th
cenury was the one who developed the BLOOMERS. American reformer
Amelia Bloomer (1818-94) was born in Homer, New York. She lectured
and wrote to support the temperance movement and women's sufferage,
two inter-linked issues. She is best knowm for energetic promotion
beginning in 1848 of the "bloomer" costume. Bloomer
in fact did not device bloomers, but merely endorse them as a
practical alternative for the restrictive women's fashions of
the era. Bloomers were in fact originally devised by Elizabeth
Smith Miller. Although ultimately unsuccessful, they were an important
step in the development of modern practical clothing.
Fashion's Revolution since the late 18th Century:
Beauty's Evolution in Female Fashion
An American reader has provided HBC an interesting
assessment of woman's fashions and clothing styles over time.
It is a nicely-done student essay. HBC is extensively used for
a range of school projects and we like to post some of the better
essays both for the informaion developed as well as to show how
young people view fashions. The author raises some very interesting
questions which we hope to eventually persue on our site.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
How true it is that the general style of the dress
is a sign of the times, and an indication of the morals of society.
In the last century or two, female fashion has taken a dramatic
turn. Beauty in the 20th century consists of reference to an outward
appearance and one's sexual attractiveness to the opposite sex
and society in general. Nancy Baker once described beauty as "intangible
personal qualities" about a person and not based upon one's looks.
Although this is quite true to those who appreciate a person for
who they are and not what the appearance is, most of the world
since the late-1800s refers to beauty of a person by their looks
and styles. As Arthur Marwick once said, "the beautiful are these
who are immediately exciting to almost all of the opposite sex."
As sad as this statement might be, it is still none the less true
in today's society. A woman’s standards today are based
on television and magazines. Women are compared to the unattainable
air-brushed goddesses you see modeling the new fashion. Beauty
has become a goal for most women in today's society rather than
an attributed aspect of themselves.
Throughout history beauty has always been based
on certain aspects of a person from wealth to age, but for the
first time beauty is being based upon and associated with one's
sexuality. No longer is beauty based on a person and their character
but rather on a sense of [one's] 'sexual self worth' (Source 2,
pg.11). The most recent generations of women have even resorted
the deadly cosmetic surgeries to attain a sense of beauty based
upon what society classifies it as at the time. Sometimes beauty
is found in the narrowness of our waist or the body of our hair,
never even glancing at the person themselves. Ever since the 1830’s
each generation of women and men have had to struggle against
their society's own beauty myth.
Today women have accomplished almost near equality
to men but with the equality they still bear the stress of appearances.
Men never really had to fight to vote or be treated as an equal,
they simply co-existed, but women had to fight for their equality
all the time also maintaining their desirable aspect in society.
As our society flourishes and cosmetics are mass produced along
with new clothing and new revolutionary surgeries to take off
the years of worry and struggle, women must face the inevitable
challenge of meeting the goal of what our society believes a woman
should look like. (Source 2)
"It is very little to me to have the right to vote,
to own property, etcetera, if I may not keep my body, and its
uses, in my absolute right." Lucy Stone stated this in 1855 and
yet today women still struggle with the same idea as she did.
We have accomplished so much in such a short time yet we have
also accomplished so little. We have established the right to
vote and own land, yet we cannot overcome the pressure of society's
influence over us.
Even today women cannot see their own beauty because
their sight is distorted from the commercials and an advertisement
telling us that thin is beautiful and that perfect skin and hair
qualifies you as something special in life. Beauty should be based
upon each person's individual characteristics and instead beauty
is a feature women want and men desire those women who attain
it. Today's society has based their ideas of beauty on sexual
selection and just like our economy it all depends on politics
(source 2, pg 12).
The human species are mammals, simply animals. Yet
we are the only mammals to choose our mates according to our ever
changing perception of "beauty". [HBC note: Kate makes an interesting
point here. We are not sure, however, that this is a correct statement.
It raises the question as to just what beauty is. It may well
be that beauty is the genetic residue of selection processes.
There are many animals that have mating patterns in which physical
characteristics make certain individuals more attractive mating
Back in ancient times of 20,000 B.C.E, women were
adored and worshiped yet these women or goddesses as they were
referred to be older women who were associated with knowledge
and power. These older women would age without fear, age made
them more attractive because time only increased their beauty,
for why should it take it away? Some tribes such as the Nigerian
Wodaabes, had men compete for beauty and women would judge. The
roles have been switched and now men judge a woman’s beauty
but the qualities of beauty have been severely distorted. The
myth of beauty is said to be based upon one's intimacy and life,
basically celebrating a woman (source 2, pg. 13), when in fact
the myth is made up of politics and sexual repression towards
women. This myth is not about a woman at all but simply about
a man’s desires and wants and his power over women (source
2, pg.13). Women are simply the victims to a man and what he considers
desirable at that point in history. (Source 2)
For every generation the beauty myth is slightly
altered but the pressure never lessened. [HBC note: Kate makes
an important point nd is quite right that concepts of beauty have
varied over time. In some eras slender figures were deemed appealing
and in other eras quite buxom figures were more appealing. There
are, however, some facial characteristics for example which have
remained remarkably constant over time.] The qualities in women
which are considered beautiful are only reflections of what the
period and time considers desirable for a woman. If you think
about it this myth of a woman's beauty is actually describing
one's behavior and not appearance (source 2, pg. 14) This struggle
for women all over the world could be overcome by unifying women
and overcoming these stereotypes but unfortunately this competition
for beauty and jealousy among women and resentment towards those
considered desirable and beautiful makes the women of the world
a divided group. Unlike history where the goddesses in a tribe
were considered better with age, today the aging process is considered
'unbeautiful' and a shameful aspect of a woman. Youth is considered
beautiful on today's scales and until recent years virginity was
also thought of as a beautiful thing. Again resentment among women
only grows and the old fear the new. The purpose of this paper
is to describe the evolution of the word beauty and its impact
upon female fashion and thought throughout the late 1800s until
the present. (Source 2)
During the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, production
increased and thereby destroying class values that separated the
rich from the poor. Many new inventions were created such as the
sewing machine which made clothing easier to produce and cheaper
to buy since the labor was so inexpendive. Clothes became cheaply
available to the lower classes. New color dyes were invented and
new techniques were now used. These new ideas and aspects for
creating clothes made them cheep and available to almost all the
public. Now the lower classes could afford fancy clothes. The
upper classes were no longer separated from the poor by their
fancy wardrobes. This infuriated the nobles for now they were
not distinctly able to be recognized in public but it was adopted
with open arms by the lower classes for now they were taking a
step towards equality with the upper classes. During this time,
industrial economies meant enormous wealth to its society. Mothers
were now able to leave their homes and had more time on their
hands instead of sitting home all week making clothes. Before
these inventions were created clothing was very carefully made
and was also very time consuming, therefore the lower classes
could not afford to pay for such a task. The sewing machine was
created in 1790 but would take a while before it hit societies
and began to play a major role. (Source 5)
"Off the rack" clothes which were made ready to
go for the first time were being made. Now fashionable wear became
available to the public and not just those of noble blood. Clothing
was used to reflect different social classes but now almost all
social classes could afford to wear the fancy clothing, which
was once so unattainable. European cultures used to regulate who
was aloud to wear what, as early as the 16th century the commoners
were forbidden to dress like the nobles, and even in the Victorian
era clothing was considered a sign of wealth and not of ones rank.
It was also a woman's duty to make herself beautiful without the
help of cosmetics for during that time cosmetics were thought
to be a sign of a prostitute. Regardless it seemed as though commoners
were never aloud to improve their status from government restrictions
to lack of money. But now they were given the chance to improve
their lives. Fashionable clothing and luxuries were now available
to middle and working classes. Another unique invention included
interchangeable parts. This allowed machines to break and without
replacing the entire machine, a simple part could be replaced.
Also the coal-fired steam engine increased production making the
prices for clothing drop even lower. (Source 5)
During the early-18th century female fashion seemed
to reflect the romantic attitude. (source 1, pg. 221) Corsets
were always worn with pulleys attached so they could be pulled
to the tightest point. Skirts resembled the shape of a bell and
normally reached the length of the floor. Sleeves were puffed
into [?ringlets] and usually sank over the woman’s wrists.
Colorful bonnets replaced the everyday use of hats and they were
decorated with bows, feathers and flowers. The most popular colors
during this time were lilac and rise. During the 1820s a women
strived for the modest look. One would usually wear her hair in
drooping ringlets and ears were hidden under bonnets, mostly during
the 1830s. (Source 5, pg 221)
During this time men wore very simple outfits consisting
of a blue or brown waist coat and trousers along with a nice pair
of shoes. Women also wore long floor length dresses with narrow
waists and a high neck. Nearly all clothing was hand sewn until
1846 when the sewing machine took a major role in society’s
industry. And then again in 1865 the steam powered engine was
created and put into everyday uses. Tailors along with the dress
market sky rocketed and soon [?"shopping centers"] were created
for the public. Now instead of production taking place in one's
cellar or attic, factories were now opened and more people were
employed to help run the machine and production. (Source 5, pg
Slowly women's fashion began to change toward the
middle of the 1800s, the neck lines began to drop and clothing
became more elaborate. For the first time fashion became very
competitive among women (source 5, pg. 234) in the 1840s dresses
were bell shaped and the bottom normally had a four meter circumference
created by the petticoat underneath the dress. Sometimes a woman’s
dress was so wide they would knock over things when they would
up and around. Towards the late 1850s dresses consisted of tight
upper halves and bell bottoms, but not nearly as large as they
had been in the 1840s. During these times when women desired to
alter their appearances cosmetically they would suck on lead pencils,
sip vinegar, oil her hair, or even risk half blinding herself
with belladonna to achieve the effect of mysterious woman and
shattered health (source 5, pg. 218).
Soon women's clothing began to once again alter,
this time they began to dress in a masculine manner by slimming
the wait line and wearing their hair in a curly manner. (Source
Towards the end of the 1800s, women once again embraced
femininity by wearing long, flowing gowns that went straight down
to the floor with the rear end accentuated with much padding.
Once again the roles were reversed and hats now replaced bonnets.
Hair was worn half up with curled ringlets hanging down. And the
necks on blouses and dresses were usually worn high. But still
the men's fashion remained plain and simple consisting of straight
pants along with a wait coat (Source 4, ph. 192).
Around the early 1870s a woman's gown was poofed
and bustled in the back to create the image of having a large
rear end, for this was considered womanly and beautiful at the
time. Women would wear enhancers tied to their waist which were
made of wood and straw. A woman's everyday wear would consist
of a dress with madding and a corset underneath accompanied with
a hat and shawl. Towards the beginning of the 1880s the gowns
were smoothed down and tightly fitted to resemble a more laid
back look. This was now considered the true womanly figure and
a beautiful one at that. And towards the end of the century women
began to wear riding clothes with white collars and men's hats
along with heavy sports coats.
Women began to embrace a more masculine look along
with leather boots for comfort and everyday wear rather than going
for what looked best. The new image of the womanly figure consisted
of big shoulders and a tiny waist along with a large hat. (Source
During this time the corset also played an extremely
large role for women who wished to achieve the desirable look.
Corsets have appeared as early in history as Minoan times in 1700
B.C. but now they were making a major come back. Though the shapes
of corsets changed a lot during this time, it never the less decreased
the value of a corset and its importance. It helped women achieve
the image of perfection. It was sometimes large and other times
small, even sometimes would accentuate a woman's curves and other
times focus on enhancing her bust, but each time creating an ideal
body for the woman. The point of the corset was to help emphasize
the woman and her figure. Corsets not only were used to show perfection
but also as a way of showing off one’s wealth by showing
what fabric and detailed work you could afford. Then towards the
end of the century the corsets lost some of its charm for the
look of a woman was changing and now stressed upon a more manly
In the beginning of the 20th century, towards the
beginning of the 1920s, fashion once again took a turn towards
femininity and difference. In the early 1900's women were described
as "modern" and usually had typical traits such as long hair.
But a new fashion and look arose. Women who dared to be different
in the twenties were referred to as flappers. A flapper had short
hair which would be bobbed up and much more than the usual dose
of make-up on, usually accentuating the rouged cheeks and natural
features. They would wear baggy dresses with high hemlines that
revealed their legs and arms, stockings rolled up high and turned
down hoses. Skirts were worn short and breasts were even taped
down to create the image of this new revolutionized symbol in
For the first time in history, advertisements had
a great influence on the female fashion industry during the twenties
along with propaganda; the film industry also played a great role
in influencing the styles during the time. This new look symbolized
a childlike and virginal women, an innocent woman. This style
stressed the importance of a woman's natural structure so the
image of what a woman should look like with the help of corsets
was not stressed, and corsets were not worn as much and if so
not as tightly to define their desired shape. They did however
wish to cover up their flaws without accentuating themselves and
implying a false image of a woman's body. They went for a natural
and earthy look but covered up any indications of their flaws.
During the age of the flappers, the rule most women
lived by was that a woman’s curves were found unfashionable;
they wished to achieve a look of 'flatness' more or less. Also
with the new hair style being short and the previous being long
hair, women had a need for change and when the barbers failed
to create this new image for them, beauty salons all over the
country began to flourish. In the twenties alone, over two hundred
and fifty million dollars were spent on perms. And then the late-1920s
and early-1930s began to balance out the new and old looks. The
look became more realistic and wholesome. Stars such as Katherine
Hepburn helped set the new setting for fashion with her wholesome
and natural looks in the movies. The new look contained tall girls
with broad shoulders and narrow hips, hemlines were dropped and
waist lines returned to then original state before the 20s.
But before this new fashion had much time to settle
in, World War II caused great restrictions in the fashion industry.
Productions of clothing were limited and fashion not stressed.
In the forties women dresses in a practical and masculine manner
often referred to as the 'Utility Lines'. Shoulders were padded
and skirts or dresses were knee length. There was also a shortage
of stockings so most women and girls began wearing trousers. At
the end of the war, fashion once again returned but in a different
form. The image of a perfect woman once again returned; there
were padded hips, corseted waists, and a surge of femininity.
From the 1920s until the late 40s, women underwent
a large variety or styles and fashions; from a very narrow and
accessorized look, to a manly look, and then again to a perfect
image look. For once make-up for women was not frowned upon but
rather thought of as an enjoyable and expressive act. Many cosmetic
lines flourished during this time, and make-up was now not only
regarded for theatrical uses. Young girls used make-up to appear
attractive and older, while older women used it to cover up any
flaws and conceal anything they didn’t wish to be seen.
This was also a time considered as a 'tyranny of corsets' because
their popularity also went up and down over this time.
Some women at the turn of the century even underwent
surgeries to remove their lower ribs to receive the desired waistline
of eighteen inches. And by mid century women did not wish to achieve
perfection but to simply use was they had and to show it off.
This period in history was a giant step for women, for once they
had the option to express themselves through fashion, accessories,
and make-up; a choice which was very new to them for they had
choices to choose from. (Source 1 and 7))
The early 1950s fashions were described as very
womanly, similar to the late-40s, but with more radical and colorful
patterns. Clothes were very neat and clean, and new clothes were
used only for special events or occasions. The women’s look
was advertised as an 'at home' look which was very low key. Waist
lines were very fitted and then the skirts would bellow out creating
a very womanly shape. Hair was worn up or short, and to help enhance
the womanly look, undergarments were worn. Women would use such
things as matching gloves, belts, purses and even men’s
coats to dress their outfits up or down for different occasions.
Everyday wear included girdles and padded bras (aka falsies),
which were considered beauty builders. Even with bathing suits
skin was not extremely prevalent, cleavage was not shown and hips
were not revealed.
Into the early sixties, fashions slightly altered
with the help of the first lady, Jackie Kennedy's influence. Patterns
were now replaced by solid colors and large buttons decorated
(one or two at the most) coats and shirts that ranged up to two
inches in diameter. Sleeves were worn at the three quarter length
and the in style was based around the idea of simplicity, which
at the time was considered very elegant. (Source 3)
In the early 1960s along with the new simplicity
look, which was worn by mostly older women in working careers,
Capri's pants became quite popular, and stretch pants replaced
the corsets and girdles. High boots were worn which gave the wearer
a smoother appearance. And bathing suits were beginning to be
designed in two piece sets with big and noticeable patterns. Hair
was usually worn loose and even down.
The 60s fashions were considers a conservative 'all-
American girl' style. Buttoned shirts were worn, buttoned to the
top along with wool skirts along with lace pantyhose or fishnets.
This new look was considered lady like and respectable for young
girls. Mini skirts slowly started to become more popular and tie
dye clothes became very 'hip' among the youth of the nation. Tie
die was thought to be clever and artsy, usually accompanied by
jeans. This new look would establish the new settings of fashion
for the seventies. (Source 3)
In the 1970s, fashion was a very laid back style.
It consisted of tie dye shirts, hip hugger jeans, boots and hair
was worn in afros, sometimes accompanied by a knitted hat. Printed
blouses were worn and bell bottom pants, which were tight and
stretch like to the knee and then flared out at the bottom, with
stylish belts and comfortable moccasins. The working women usually
would wear a look that was silk and sexy styles with their blouses
unbuttoned for the first few buttons. Midriff was shown and shirt
necks were lower than they had ever been. Pants were made to make
women appear tiny and fragile, as a woman is typically stereotyped.
Coats were worn quite big, closely resembling a man’' jacket.
Pant suits were very common in the working areas and older women,
but during leisure time among teenagers all over the United States,
a typical outfit consisted of a loose patterned blouse, short
shorts and thigh high boots with a head band for your hair.
Overall, age or state of a woman didn't matter
because either the suits, bell bottoms, or the silk blouses were
designed to have a very womanly effect of the female fashion industry
during the seventies. (Source 3)
Into the early 1980s, fashion’s direction
changed. A century ago at this time women were copying their fashion
after the male image. They broadened their shoulders and slimmed
their waists. Now men seem to be copying the women’s fashion.
Men's clothing started becoming much lighter and in many varieties
of color. Women’s clothing on the other hand also changed
yet once again. Varieties of textures were put together in outfits,
as almost of a layering technique when getting dressed. Colors
and fabrics became much more casual as well as the overall look
of women. The idea of comfort was once again explored in a stylish
fashion for the time. Women would wear blazers and jackets, and
a popular fabric was corduroy. Women explored a new look of professionalism.
They would wear boots with three quarter length skirts along with
a blouse and blazer. To dress themselves up or decorate themselves
they would or take away belts, hats, or purses. These fashions
of the eighties were referred to as the 'fashions [that] were
finally comfortable'. (Source 3, pg 193)
From the beginning of the 20th century and even
earlier on we have gone to sophistication and conservative fashion
to a flaunting society, in which young girls are taught to show
off their bodies for this is what our society thinks is beautiful.
Yes we have made a large step; we went from wearing girdles and
corsets to achieve the look of desired perfection, now we wear
what we want. But do we really? Do women truly wish to wear tight
pants, loads of make-up, gel in our hair, and to even go to the
extremes of cosmetic surgery? Women today chose styles based up
on influential televisions programs and picture magazines which
tell us what a woman should look like. These do not once mention
anything in a woman deeper than their surface. For women today,
keeping with society’s style gives us a sense of self confidence,
a feeling of fitting in. we have a need or a desire to go with
the current and never against it. Back during the fifties women
dresses very neat and clean, and only a special event was treated
with new apparel and accessories. Today everything everyday has
to be flashy and beautiful. Our aspects of beauty have been materialized
over this century. (Source 3)
Today 'beauty' directly contradicts women in America’s
real situation. In the United States over $33 billion a year are
spent of diet substances, over $20 billion a year are spent on
cosmetic, and over $300 million a year is spent on cosmetic surgeries.
Women pride themselves on how far we have 'supposedly' come over
the last decades, when in fact we have only trapped ourselves
in a corner. Women of today are trapped in a society where beauty
is defined by Barbie dolls children play with; a tall American
blonde with blue eyes and skinny with the right bust size. When
is actuality if Barbie was an actual women, she would have to
walk on all fours because her disproportionate body couldn’t
hold her. The desire for beauty is destroy women today and tearing
us as a community apart for the competition and jealousy among
one another is too great. Today's generation of women need to
be able to see, for we regret to realize we are simply blind.
Our society has programmed our minds to think that
a woman’s face is the worth of her fortune. Today women
represent 52 percent of the population yet we cannot accomplish
to overcome our materialistic and shallow views of the world around
Cosmetics and plastic surgeries and thrived over
the last few decades, yet women today are no more satisfied with
themselves. Women have worked too hard and too long to let the
desires of men to destroy us. Young girls grow up today in a society
that demands perfection. A young girl must be skinny. A young
girl must be smart. A young girl must be athletic. And most important,
a young girl must be beautiful. For if a young girl does not attain
these requirements, what should make her worth while. Girls who
don't achieve these standards have no contributions to our society.
Right? Yet on the other hand, young boys are aloud to play. Young
boys do not need good grades. Young boys do not need to be desirable.
Young boys do not need to fear weight or reputations. [HBC note:
Kate makes a very important point here.
There are significant gender differences concerning
societal expectations. She is certainly correct that in terms
of fashion and appearance that girls are put under more pressure
than boys. Of course there are other ways in which boys are subjected
to more pressure than girls.] This is the exact thinking which
will only destroy us as a people and a community. Today when beauty
is mentioned, almost everyone’s first thought is a woman's
outward appearance and their sexual attractiveness. Arthur Marwick
once defined beauty as "the beautiful are those who are immediately
exciting to almost all of the opposite sex". Should this quote
be considered correct? A woman's beauty and value should be based
upon what the opposite first thinks of our appearance? (Source
Women's fashion has dramatically changed over the
century and all throughout history. Beauty has been based upon
one's intelligence or her status in her community but never stressed
upon her looks as they are in today's society. Today's women strive
for perfection. They wake each morning, spending countless hours
on their hair and make-up then on their outfit for the day. When
new fashions arrive, we rush to the stores and spend countless
dollars on designer clothes, every few minutes reapplying gloss
on our lips to make our smiles only more attractive. Yet all during
this time we are thinking of other women in our lives, the ones
who seem perfect. We curse them for having what we want. We distance
ourselves from them out of pure fear of self degradation.
Today women think of their places in the world and
pride themselves on the steps we have taken, all the time failing
to realize how far we must still go and how much time and work
we sacrifice, while we strive for the ultimate unattainable perfection.
"A truly beautiful woman makes the best of her physical assets,
but more importantly, she also radiates a personal quality which
is in itself attractive." - Nancy Baker (Source 6)
Sources Not yet available. Author: Kate