This work focuses on the efforts toward reforming women's dress that took place in Europe and America in the latter half of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, and the types of garments adopted by women to overcome the challenges posed by fashionable dress.
Patricia A. Cunningham is associate professor of Consumer and Textile Sciences at Ohio State University. She received an M.S. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She has published widely in the areas of American textiles and the history of costume. She is the coeditor of Dress in American Culture and Dress and Popular Culture.