Jacksonville Museum hosts Outdoor Girls Exhibition 1800-1960

### Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Unveils New Exhibit

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens recently opened a new exhibit titled “Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960.” This exhibit features 65 ensembles of women’s clothing and accessories designed to allow women to engage in outdoor activities. From walking and gardening to skiing and archery, the exhibit showcases the evolution of women’s sportswear over six decades.

### Historical Ensembles on Display

Among the notable pieces in the exhibit is a skiing outfit from the 1930s, alongside an Apres-ski ensemble from the 1950s for post-skiing activities. Additionally, visitors can view a women’s wool knit sweater with aviation flight patterns taken from flying manuals from 1930-1935. A women’s riding ensemble from 1912 and an 1820s archery ensemble are also on display, showcasing the diverse range of activities for which specific clothing was designed.

### Unique Designs and Innovations

One of the standout pieces in the exhibit is a mountainerring outfit from the 1890s. This outfit featured a skirt that could be transformed into pants by unbuttoning and re-buttoning sections of the fabric. Another interesting item is a French personal changing tent from 1900, which allowed ocean bathers to change into swimwear with privacy. The exhibit also includes vintage magazine covers and women’s baseball, boxing, bowling, and basketball uniforms, highlighting the role of fashion in sporting activities.

### Organized by Prominent Institutions

The exhibit was organized by the American Federation of the Arts and the FIDM Museum of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Holly Kerris, the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, engages with visitors to provide insights into the historical significance of the ensembles on display. The exhibit opened on February 28, 2024, and offers a unique glimpse into the intersection of fashion and outdoor activities for women throughout history.

Original Story at www.jacksonville.com – 2024-02-28 19:23:27

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