Hello all, and welcome to the Development of Women's Sportswear Workshop. These workshops are very informal affairs. You can read my posts and then add your own thoughts and pictures. Honestly, the more of you who contribute, the more fun a workshop is. And we have plenty of time as the workshop will be open to posts through most of the week. I'll be starting in the 19th century and finishing in the 1960s when sportswear had become pretty much standard dressing in the Western World. I'll be mentioning menswear from time to time, but the evolution of men's sportswear is quite different from that of women's. However, the two can't be completely separated, as so much women's sportswear was based on what men had already been wearing. Various sports will be discussed, but one sport that I'll mention only briefly is riding. Equestrian clothing dates to an earlier era than other sportswear, and tradition played a much greater role in riding clothing than did fashion or social change. But the main reason I'll be pretty much ignoring riding is that Lei ~ Crinolinegirl has done a great job of it already for the VFG Equestrian Gallery. The story is long, and I've divided the workshop into three sections. I'll start today with some SHORT historical background, and move into the development of the bathing suit. Tomorrow's topic will be sportswear worn in private situations, and I'll finish up on Wednesday with public sportswear and how the term "sportswear" became "casual wear." Please have your questions, comments and especially, your photos ready to share. NOTE: Unless credited, all images are from my collection are are copyrighted.