Can fashion please go back to this? If I wouldn’t be considered crazy, I would wear this shit all day.
Cycling suit, 1896-98; wool, leather, silk, linen, cotton
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009.300.532a–d; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Mr and Mrs. Morton Sultzer, 1979
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, bicycling (along with a host of other sports) became extremely popular. One of the reasons for this sport’s popularity was that men and women could do it without being supervised: essentially, a date. While men would wear below-the-knee breeches to ride, women kept to propriety by wearing bifurcated skirts like this one, which could look like any other skirt due to the buttoned panel in the front. The jacket, with its four pockets and stitched-down pleats, imitated the look of a man’s Norfolk jacket, worn for sports and hunting.