'The Progres of Bloomerism or A Complete Change', 1852.

'The Progres of Bloomerism or A Complete Change', 1852.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm


Satirical cartoon attacking the fashion for women to wear bloomers. Role reversal is taken to extreme lengths, men are left holding babies and an elderly man gently remonstrates with a small girl for smoking, while the women act and speak like men. 'Drawers', or long undergarments, first appeared in England around 1825 and were swiftly labelled 'an abominable invention which produces disorders in abundance'. Pantaloons, later called pantalettes, were also introduced at this time. Bloomers, which appeared in the early 1850s, were asociated with the American reformer Amelia Bloomer. They consisted of a knee-length dres over a pair of caftan-style trousers. From the magazine 'Punch'.

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