1926 Gymsuit Ensemble

Brief Item Record

Title: 1926 Gymsuit Ensemble

Date: 1926

Description: 1926 Gymsuit of Dorothy Reid Kittell VC 26, includes 2 white middy blouses with red trim and 1 pair of black bloomers with a red stripe down the side of each leg

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1993002

Title

1926 Gymsuit Ensemble

Description

1926 Gymsuit of Dorothy Reid Kittell VC 26, includes 2 white middy blouses with red trim and 1 pair of black bloomers with a red stripe down the side of each leg

Date

1926

Subject

Clothing and dress

Medium

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

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Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Color Main

Color Secondary

Donor

Dorothy Kittell Hesselman

Date Earliest

1926

Date Latest

1926

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women

Public Information

This gymsuit was worn by Dorothy Reid in 1926 for a variety of sports activities, and specifically for a variety of victories, as evidenced by the headlines 'Vassar on the ''Running Track: Dot Reid Wins the 100- yard Hurdle Race' and 'Vassar Hockeyists Easy Victors Over New Amsterdam 8-0' among clippings from the New York Herald Tribune rotogravure section which were saved by her family. If you recognize this middy, it may be because the donor, who is the daughter of the original wearer, has been known to wear it to her Vassar reunions. In this gymsuit, the legs, arms, and neck are all exposed as they were not in previous periods. According to a theory of the art historian Anne Hollander, as presented in her book Seeing Through Clothes, the development first of still photography and then of the motion picture turned the viewer's focus to the body in motion and away from the body as a static form. The statuesque nineteenth century woman in a full length trained skirt was replaced by a woman with legs that were seen to move.

Condition Term

good

Mannequin

size 8 with legs

Storage Location

F7

Donation Date

5/31/1993

Exhibition Notes

from 'Vassar Girls and Other Women: 1854-1925'exhibition, June 1993: 8 1926 gymsuit of Dorothy Reid Kittell '26 1993.2abc Gift of Dorothy Kittell Hesselman '51, 1993 This gymsuit was worn by Dorothy Reid in 1926 for a variety of sports activities, and specifically for a variety of victories, as evidenced by the headlines 'Vassar on the ''Running Track: Dot Reid Wins the 100- yard Hurdle Race' and 'Vassar Hockeyists Easy Victors Over New Amsterdam 8-0' among clippings from the New York Herald Tribune rotogravure section which were saved by her family. If you recognize this middy, it may be because the donor, who is the daughter of the original wearer, has been known to wear it to her Vassar reunions!

Work Type

Pattern

Citation

“1926 Gymsuit Ensemble,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed September 24, 2023, https://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/836.

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