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Suffragette City Part 6: Boy Meets Girl February 15, 2013

Now, although it is not a Real Place, it takes place in a Real Time.

It’s a destination in history, now securely planted in popular imagination, happening at a place called Downton Abbey.

Here lives a family whose members, in age and cultural breadth, experience the wildly changing early days of the 1900′s.

Last year, I accidentally re-discovered a treasure trove of pictures and old magazines from this time in my studio and something else totally unexpected popped up.

While exploring the era’s wonderful history, something fashionable became clear: the sweater that started a revolution in knitwear (while starting a revolution in the voting booths around the globe), the first widely-worn sweater of the 20th century!

Chic Knits Suffragette City Part 4

Here you see Sylvia Pankhurst and, I believe, her sister Christabel, being arrested while demonstrating for the Vote, England, circa 1905.

But notice what the ladies are wearing – something that looks really modern, something you can still find in 2013, over a hundred years later, fresh as ever.

A Jersey V-Neck Cardigan.

But look closely.

These suffragette’s are wearing men’s cardigans!

Because, you see, up until this time, women didn’t wear Sweaters.

They wore cloaks, coats, shawls and wraps, looking more like this

Chic Knits Suffragette City 6

than this

Chic Knits Suffragette City 6

But as women ventured into the public realm more and more, the clothes they were wearing became less about silhouettes, embelishments or ornament

they became all about Mobility.

Imagine swinging a racket or club in this:

Chic Knits Suffragette City 6

or would you rather (notice the smile):

Chic Knits Suffragette City 6

wear this…

…to be continued (Suffragette City Part 7: Girl Goes to Town)

…all in the series:
- Suffragette City Part 1
- Suffragette City Part 2
- Suffragette City Part 3
- Suffragette City Part 4
- Suffragette City Part 5
- Suffragette City Part 6

 
 
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