‘Bloomers’ and the British world: dress reform in transatlantic and antipodean print culture, 1851–1950

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 (2017) ‘Bloomers’ and the British world: dress reform in transatlantic and antipodean print culture, 1851–1950. Cultural and Social History, 14 (5). pp. 621-646. ISSN 1478-0038


Abstract

The ‘bloomers’ are rarely considered beyond their 1851 origins in the United States and subsequent appearance in Britain. This article expands dress reform scholarship by analysing print culture elsewhere in the British world, specifically Australia and New Zealand. The colonial press manufactured controversy over this fashion – a perceived transgression of gender norms – even though antipodean women rarely sported the outfit. This article focuses on the dress reform lectures and writings of Amelia Bloomer, Caroline Dexter and Dr Mary Walker. While certain continuities resurfaced alongside the bloomer-like rational dress popularised in the bicycling culture of the 1890s, dress reform was largely deemed far less controversial by the turn of the twentieth century.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 47187
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 06:01
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: dress reform; gender; print culture; transatlantic; antipodean
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430323 Transnational history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430313 History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1375706
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47187

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only