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Sports & Fashion Exhibit

Description

“Sportswear” at the end of the nineteenth century was a term applied only to clothing designed for athletic purposes, the playing of sports popular at the time including tennis, golf, bicycling, bathing (what we now call swimming), ice-skating, yachting, and hunting. Later, in the early twentieth century, it became associated with spectators at sports events and then expanded to include simple, tailored clothing which preserved the informal qualities of athletic attire. Post WWII, sportswear became synonymous with casual wear worn at any time of the day, and is considered a uniquely American contribution to the fashion industry.

This exhibition, primarily of clothing from the late 19th century through the 21st century, explores the intersection of sports and fashion and how each influenced the other over the past 150 years. Full skirted bathing costumes and gym suits of the late 19th century reflect the fashion of their time, but evolved into more streamlined functional forms as women became more active in the early 20th century and beyond. When evening gowns of the 1930s had low back necklines, swimsuits had to follow suit, or was it the other way around? Was it the low-back swimsuits that influenced the low-back evening dresses?

Date

September 20, 2018 – April 26, 2019

Date Created

September 20, 2018 – April 26, 2019

Duration

September 20, 2018 – April 26, 2019

Event Type

Exhibition

Files

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Collection

Citation

“Sports & Fashion Exhibit,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed October 24, 2019, http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/5087.

Item Relations

This Item depicts Item: 1905-06 Woman's Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: 2014-2018 Ohio State Swimsuit
This Item depicts Item: 2015 Justice Activewear Ensemble
This Item depicts Item: 1990s Woman's Exercise Suit
This Item depicts Item: Kamali Black Knit Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1940s Pink Romper
This Item depicts Item: Pucci Swimsuit
This Item depicts Item: Man's Light Blue Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1900s Woman's Gym Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1955 Blue Rose Marie Reid Swimsuit
This Item depicts Item: 1930s Man's Wool Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1980 Woman's Ski Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1960s Lily Pulitzer Swimsuit
This Item depicts Item: 1960s Woman's Ski Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1920s Red Wool Woman's Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1915 Man's Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1910s Gym Suit
This Item depicts Item: Man's College Sweater & Wool Knickers
This Item depicts Item: Orange/White Striped McCardell Day Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1930s Man's Black Wool Swimsuit
This Item depicts Item: Black/White Norma Kamali Ensemble
This Item depicts Item: Blue/White Vera Maxwell Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1930s Women's Navy/White/Red Ensemble
This Item depicts Item: 1970s Ralph Lauren Ensemble
This Item depicts Item: Man's Blazer and Lilly Pulitzer Pants
This Item depicts Item: Mickey Mouse Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: 1940s Yellow Two-Piece Bathing Suit
This Item depicts Item: Gucci Polo Shirt-Style Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1920's Red/White Cotton Skirt and Blouse
This Item depicts Item: 1930s Green Wool Bathing Suit