How Did Diverse Activists Shape the
Dress Reform Movement, 1838-1881?

Abstract

      This project focuses on three different strands of dress reform activity: the water curists, the Oneida community, and woman's rights reformers. Each of these groups attempted to reform women's dress for a variety of reasons. An examination of the three currents in the dress reform movement allows for a complex picture of the varied reasons why women attempted to break free of the restraints of nineteenth-century women's fashionable clothing.

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