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Bicycles and Cycling History: A Resource Guide

Bicycle Fashion

During the 1890s, people embraced the bicycle in increasing numbers. Since long skirts and other fashions were not safe for cycling, a new industry of fashion emerged. To find materials related to bicycle fashion, search the Library of Congress website and Digital Collections using keywords:

  • bicycle costume
  • bicycle fashion
  • bicycle number
  • bloomers

Periodicals and newspapers, especially from the 1890s, are a great resource for finding images and articles about the evolution of bicycle clothing. You can find articles like: 

Cycling Fashion Gallery

Digital Collections

These two digital collections are a great place to look for images of bicycle fashion.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.