In the late nineteenth-century, women’s clothing transcended fabric. Fashion reflected style and what it meant to be a woman. Often, clothing illustrated the woman’s “natural” role in society. Clothing expressed virtues like “piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity” (Curtis 111). However dress transformed as social roles for women expanded. Social changes, health concerns, impracticality, and an increasingly active routine contributed to changes in costume.
This exhibit was made for an internship at Special Collections in SUNY Plattsburgh. The subsequent photos were obtained through secondary source material and the Special Collections archive. For more information on Special Collection internships visit-