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Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960

Sporting Fashion

The first exhibition to explore the evolution of women’s sporting attire in Western fashion, Sporting Fashion will look at the extraordinary impact of new technologies and evolving social mores on women’s clothing for sport. Inspired by a circa 1946 scarf inscribed with the word "Outdoorgirl" and featuring illustrations of women engaged in thirteen different sporting activities, this exhibition will chart the cultural and material developments that allowed women to make their way outdoors. Examining the competing priorities of style, function, and propriety, Sporting Fashion will reconstruct a material history of women in sport through the garments and accessories that enabled them to participate, compete, and excel. 19th-century bathing and bicycling garments alongside 20th-century apparel for boxing and airplane piloting demonstrate the modernity, individuality, and mobility of the "new woman" and connect to women’s continued fight for equality.


This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Support for the national tour is provided by the AFA’s Gold Medal Circle: Elizabeth Belfer, Stephanie Borynack Clark, Ashleigh Fernandez, Lee White Galvis, Stephanie R. La Nasa, Merrill Mahan, Clare E. McKeon, Jennifer New, Angela Timashev, and Victoria Ershova Triplett. Major exhibition program support for the Pittsburgh presentation is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Additional support for the Pittsburgh presentation of this exhibition is provided by Highmark.

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Program Information

Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960

Dates: July 3, 2021 - September 26, 2021
Location: The Frick Art Museum
Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $15
Seniors/Students: $13
Youth 6–16: $8
Youth 5 and under: Free

The Frick is proud to be a part of the Blue Star Museums program, offering active-duty military, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and up to five members of their families free admission through Labor Day.

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Exhibition programs

Above: Outdoorgirl scarf (detail), 1946. Photo: Brian Davis © FIDM Museum. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Exhibitions landing page: Gardening ensemble, 1830s. Photo: Brian Davis © FIDM Museum. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Homepage: Bathing ensemble, 1900. Photo: Brian Davis © FIDM Museum. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.



    

Exhibition Programs

There's more than one way to experience Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, both in person and online!
Virtual Docent Talks: A Look at <i>Sporting Fashion</i>
Online every Monday
08/02/2021 4:00 PM
Virtual Docent Talks: A Look at Sporting Fashion
While The Frick Art Museum is closed on Mondays, experience Sporting Fashion virtually!
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Fashion Focus
Online every Friday
08/06/2021 2:00 PM
Fashion Focus
Join Frick Learning and Curatorial staff members each week for a closer look at a garment or theme i...
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In Conversation: The Legacy of Title IX
Online
08/19/2021 7:00 PM
In Conversation: The Legacy of Title IX
Join a panel of thought leaders as they discuss the long, enduring battle to achieve equity on and o...
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Live Gallery Nights: <i>Sporting Fashion</i>
Online Thursdays July 15, August 26, and September 23
08/26/2021 7:00 PM
Live Gallery Nights: Sporting Fashion
Frick Learning and Curatorial staff will bring the exhibition to you live from the galleries!
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Panel Discussion: History, Fashion, and Feminism
Online
09/09/2021 7:00 PM
Panel Discussion: History, Fashion, and Feminism
Join us as we look more closely at the progression of women's rights movements through the lens of f...
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