You Should Be Reading: Sport, Women and Fashion in Inter-war Britain

Rugby shirt dress, by Gary Harvey, 2008 (image courtesy of the Fashion Museum, Bath & North East Somerset Council)

This week, and in light of the recently completed London 2012 Olympic Games, Worn Through would like to highlight an article entitled “‘It’s possible to play the game marvellously and at the same time look pretty and be perfectly fit’: Sport, Women and Fashion in Inter-war Britain” published in a special edition of Costume to coincide with the UK’s hosting of the Olympic Games, and encourage you to add it to your reading lists. With many female athletes taking centre stage at this year’s Olympics, it seemed apt to reflect on the changing nature of women’s sportswear and what issues women continue to face in their choice of sport’s clothing.

Skillen, Fiona. “‘It’s possible to play the game marvellously and at the same time look pretty and be perfectly fit’: Sport, Women and Fashion in Inter-war Britain.” Costume vol 46, no. 2 (2012): 165-179.

Abstract:

This article will examine the development of women’s increasing participation in sport and its impact on the subsequent emergence of sportswear for women in inter-war Britain. It will explore the public discourses which surrounded these women and their clothes in order to point up the complex nature of the problems women faced when making decisions about what to wear for sports activities.

About the author:

Fiona Skillen is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors at the University of Central Lancashire. Her PhD, completed in the department of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, focused specifically on women’s participation in sport during the inter-war period. Her research interests are particularly concerned with aspects of gender, sport, politics, social policy and changes in popular culture. She is preparing a book, Escaping the Humdrum: Women and Sports Participation in Interwar Britain, to be published this year by Peter Lang.

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  • Fiona Skillen October 01, 2012 07.42 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for publicising my work. I really appreciate it. It was a great volume with lots of very interesting articles.

    Thanks again,

    Fiona

     

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