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Prestel : Sporting Fashion : Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960


The exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960 opened at The Frick Pittsburgh. The show is packed with weird and wonderful examples of the sportswear of yesteryear. From rollerskating to rodeo, the exhibition and accompanying catalog look at examples of clothing that allowed women to walk freely and compete in sports previously restricted to men. It investigates how designers reacted to and encouraged the growing acceptance of exposed skin at public beaches and pools, and how cold weather fashion made its way onto the slopes and ice.

Never before have the garments that defined women’s roles as both spectators and athletes been presented on this scale and in such detail.

The book offers a visual record of the evolution of women’s sporting attire over nearly two centuries. With selections from Jantzen, Pendleton, and Spalding and garments by Coco Chanel, Claire McCardell, and Jean Patou, among many others, it features familiar names in fashion, as well as significant rediscoveries. At the intersection of the history of fashion and feminism, Sporting Fashion highlights the extraordinary impact of new technologies and evolving social mores on women’s clothing for sport.

With a foreword from Serena Williams


Sporting Fashion, available now, is published by Prestel. The associated exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles.


Sporting Fashion : Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960

Published by Prestel


ISBN: 978-3-7913-5943-4

344 pages, 25 x 32cm | 9 ¾ x 12 ½ in.

$60 | £45



Sporting Fashion : Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960

July 3, 2021 – September 26, 2021

The Frick Pittsburgh

7227 Reynolds St

Pittsburgh, PA 15208


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