My sister wants to know about the history of women’s knickers.
so far, all the info that us thickoes have been able to glean on this subject is that mens undies seem to happen before womens and that Bloomers were invented on the advent of the bicycle!
So, anybody who knows about this? I think that my sister’s right that western women didn’t start wearing this article of underwear until the nineteenth century, while men were wearing them much earlier than that. (But Bloomers weren’t originally underwear, I think? – Oops, think I might have been thinking about knickerbockers, actually…)
In the meantime, I can point her to this wide-ranging costume history resource: The Costumers’ Manifesto
I also have a page of links on Dress and fashion in early modern Europe, but I don’t think it has anything directly on this particular topic.
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