"The Dress Reform Movement: Rationalising women's dress in the nineteenth century"

  • Hannah Rumball (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


The nineteenth century Dress Reform Movements sought to improve dress and encourage the abandonment of crinolines and corsets which were viewed as a self-destructive type of clothing. Disparate groups advocated inconsistent interpretations of 'reform' clothing, such as bloomers, woollens and bifurcated skirts. Yet these distinct associations were unified by a common ideology: to encourage women to throw off the shackles of fashionable dress, to enable them to act with a new found freedom both physically and socially.
Period8 Nov 2017
Held atArts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Dress Reform
  • Nineteenth century
  • clothing
  • politics
  • Women's studies