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Outdoor Girls, 1800–1960

Sporting Fashion

The first exhibition to explore the evolution of women’s sporting attire in Western fashion, Sporting Fashion will bring attention to the extraordinary impact of new technologies and evolving social mores on women’s clothing for sport. Examining the competing priorities of style, function, and propriety, this exhibition will chart the cultural and material developments that allowed women to make their way outdoors. Breaking down barriers of representation and visibility in much the same way sportswomen have fought for recognition, Sporting Fashion will reconstruct a material history of women in sport through the garments and accessories that enabled them to participate, compete, and excel—and that continue to do so to this day. Organized by eight themes, 65 eye-catching ensembles ranging from 19th-century croquet and bicycling garments to 20th-century apparel for motorcycle riding and inline skating demonstrate the modernity and individuality of the "new woman" and connect to women’s continued fight for equality.
Program Information

Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls, 1800–1960

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

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.

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.


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