I am thinking of doing a blog on the dye wars of the 19th Century, because I just read an article about the pigment wars of the 21st century. This article does mention aniline dyes.
“Let men be compelled to wear our dress for a while, and we should soon hear them advocating a change, as loudly as they now condemn it.” – Amelia Bloomer, Lily, March 1851
The middle of the 19th century was when the Rational Dress movement started, also known as dress reform. As fashions became more extreme, with crinolines, bustles, and tightly-laced corsets, many women – and suffragists in particular – were pushing for more sensible and comfortable fashions. As more women wanted to participate in active sports, dress reform became a political issue in the same way abolition of slavery and women’s rights were issues. Bloomers made their first appearance.
It was the mid-1800s when skirts reached the peak of their fullness. Crinolines replaced petticoats, because the number of petticoats required to maintain the fashionable silhouette would have been too…
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