You may not be surprised to hear that this exhibition was shown at the Design Museum. Note the words ‘WOMEN’, ‘FASHION’ and ‘POWER’ on the moving clock hands.
Elisabeth of Bavaria (1837-98) in Vanity Fair, 1884, in a smart riding habit. Given that this exhibition was about women and power, I’m not sure if I should include the bit from the card that explains that she was the ‘wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria’. I’d leave it out on principle, but perhaps marriage to an emperor was a key defining point in her identity.
Dramatic Aesthetic dress with simple folds, above.
A swimming suit from c.1900 – how did women move their limbs when swimming / not catch a cold?
Corsets galore – the one on the far left looks very much like a cage made out of wooden slats.
What exhibition about women…
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