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The Mainspring of Fashion

Three dresses, ca. 1870s

Three dresses, ca. 1870s

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Brick Store Museum

In France during the 1840s certain young aristocratic women flaunted their independence and coquettishness by riding horseback and wielding a whip and pistol as well as any man. Such was their rebellion against the frail helpless look of the period.

Later in England the passion for horsemanship was furthered by Queen Victoria who was often depicted in equestrian portraits and statues seated in a stylish lady's side saddle.

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