Women’s Fashion History from 1880-1930

This is a fun academic blog for all who love fashion and history (and those who don’t know it yet). Follow the progress of Western women through the lens of fashion during this period as I post my research here.

Why this period? These 50 years are unprecedented in their dramatic changes for women in terms of dress and social change, not to mention the astounding technological advancements.

Not only are changes in women’s fashion highlighted on this blog, but also important female figures, technological developments, and social shifts. As I sift through books, academic journals, magazines, and other sources, I aim to gain a better understanding of the women who lived during this time and how their clothing related to political, social, and technological changes.


Femme Fashion Forward blogger, Danielle Morrin, graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she obtained her MA in Fashion & Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.

It all began with women’s cycling costumes. She began researching developments for women during this period and became fascinated with women’s cycling ensembles (bifurcated skirts, bloomers, etc.). This developed into a research paper, which further became a theoretical exhibition, Cycling with Style, and spurred her interest in research on progress for Western women during this period as reflected in their clothing.

She has since interned for many museums and fashion design house archives, and currently works as an Archivist and Fashion Historian.

She hopes you’ll enjoy reading as she posts her research here and continues exploring this period. If you have questions or comments along the way, feel free to send them to FemmeFashionForward@gmail.com.