One finds the most unique things when doing fashion research and today is no exception. In my study of 1890s fashions, I came across this interesting extant example of a cycling suit:
Cycling Suit, 1890s; FIDM Museum
When I first viewed this, I thought I was looking at something from the late 1960s or early 1970s…the flower-pattern fabric just simply screams that era. 🙂 This is something that we’ve never seen before. We’ve examined quite a few 1890s era cycling suits, both in person and through photo research, but never have we seen this sort of a fabric used. As a rule, fabrics were usually solids or some sort of a pattern, similar to what one would have found in men’s sack suit It certainly makes you wonder- was this a one-off or simply a variant that never took off in popularity? We’d definitely would like to know more…It certainly makes a bold statement and must have turned heads when it was worn. Unfortunately, a online search of the FIDM Museum collection turned up nothing so we’ll have to employ other research methods. Stay tuned for more…this is certainly an interesting puzzle and we’d like to know more.
A little something from the past…we definitely need to get the bikes refurbished and do it again- it’s been too long. 🙂
LA Tweed Ride wrap-up: If our 1890s sisters can ride for ten miles in 90 degree heat, up hill and dale for ten miles on a forty pound steel frame bicycle with a dubious braking system and huge wheels, properly corseted and dressed, then so can I…and I did. Of course I didn’t have to go home and milk the cows and feed the masses, I got to rest with a book and a movie!
Yesterday wasn’t a race, it was to prove a point. Exercise, polite manners, and dressing well can exist in LA. I didn’t finish first, but somewhere in the middle. The only swear words I heard ALL day were from me, (sorry, Dad) and that was when I didn’t think I would make it up one of those hills and was being passed up by those youngsters in their aluminum 30 speed bikes! 🙂
Here’s a picture of me that was taken at the beginning of the 2015 LA Tweed Ride. Check out the chartreuse bird’s wing! 🙂
What else would you expect us to wear with our reproduction Victorian “Safety Bicycles”? 🙂 Check out those huge wheels, they’re harder to use than they look. Oh, and lest we forget, we even wound up riding for three miles through a hail storm. Definitely “Old School”.
Unpacking the corset suitcases and getting ready for work here at my Tombstone work room! The Best of the West is found here. 🙂