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Ski outfit

Ski outfit

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gabardine lined with satin

  • Museum number:

    T.241&A-1989

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This women’s ski outfit was made in Great Britain in the early 1920s. During that decade skiing became a highly fashionable society sport and its growing popularity was accompanied by new equipment and clothing.

This outfit shows how women’s ski wear had progressed. Gone are the long skirts which dragged behind in the snow. Gone too are the corsets and knitted sweaters which let in the cold. This streamlined gabardine suit with its breeches cut below the knee is a much more practical alternative.

Its design was inspired by the uniforms worn by the British Land Girls during the First World War. Known as the Women's Land Army, they were agricultural workers who substituted for the men who had enlisted. Rural labour required practical clothing so land-workers wore belted tunics with deep pockets and knee breeches. Soon ski outfits based on this design began to appear in fashionable resorts. The respectability of war work had helped break down social taboos surrounding women exposing their legs and wearing breeches.

Physical description

Mustard-yellow ski-outfit of gabardine lined with satin. Comprising of a belted tunic jacket fastened with buttons on the left hand side, and knee-breeches fastened with laces.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1922 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gabardine lined with satin

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1989/939. Listed in acquistions book as a ladies flying suit.

Descriptive line

Ski outfit of gabardine lined with satin, made in Great Britain, ca. 1922

Materials

Gabardine

Techniques

Satin weave; Lined

Categories

Clothing; Sport; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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