Women Climbers and Their Clothing

Fiona Kitchman


This practice-based research project investigates how the clothing of 19th and early 20th-century women climbers was designed, cut and constructed, using the inherent properties of the textiles, to facilitate freedom of movement.

Since 1808, there have been many first ascents of mountains by women. Research to date on this subject has been grounded in a feminist perspective, related to historic societal norms and largely based on literary sources. Examples include Roche (2016), Brown (2002) and Stockham (2012). There has been little investigation of what design informed analysis might reveal about garment functionality.


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