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 804057. New York Public LibraryWomen were moving from crinolines to bustles as the 1870s began. One small revolution of sorts crept into what women wore. Clothing became modified to allow women some greater freedom to participate in sports. The 1870s saw more women taking up tennis, golfing, roller skating, and hiking. Skirts were shortened a little without raising shouts of immorality. Trousers, however, were still beyond the pale.

Garments for basketball, bicycling, and swimming were just a few decades away. Social change was happening, albeit slowly. While seeming less obvious in Europe, and particularly in England, the growth of industrialization and urbanization in America brought cause for hope. An economic boom marked Britain’s rising Empire of far-flung colonies. The desire for upward mobility was strong, infecting the young and the restless. With optimism on the move, changes in fashion were more likely than ever to happen.  803856. New York Public Library

Are you interested in creative nonfiction writing? Would you like to know the ins and outs of this exciting genre, from writing dynamics to ethical issues? Then come along with me on a two-hour voyage of discovery, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing. We’ll set sail from the South Court Classrooms on Saturday, June 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and repeat this trip on Saturday, July 11, at the same time and place.          

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Hi Paula, What a terrific

Hi Paula, What a terrific blog -- with such thoughtful commentary and links to interesting fashion histories. What a wonderful way to highlight the collection. I was just in the Art & Architecture room this afternoon perusing fashion history like crazy looking for my column for a major magazine. Wish I'd seen your post on "Rock Style' earlier and taken a look. I'd love to be in touch with a specific question -- so grateful to know how to contact you. Many thanks, Jessica

Thanks so much, Jessica.

Thanks so much, Jessica. Yes, this is one way to contact me. However, although I don't work on the reference desk in Art & Architecture anymore, the staff do know how to get hold of me if you're visiting and want to consult me. I know that blogs are about social networking and it makes me feel more genuine when I get to hear from someone like you. Thanks again!

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