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Throughout history, sportswear has had major changes in basic shape and function. The 21st century is a milestone marking the rise of sports fashion. However, not many people know the origin of this fashion style.
Around the end of the 19th century – the beginning of the 20th century, the types of sports became popular among European nobility. Such as horse racing, archery, shooting, tennis and golf. However, women’s participation in these activities is very limited. The concept of “sportswear” does not differ much from their usual attire. In all activities, women still wear long dresses that cover their ankles. Sleeve covered to the wrist. This not only restricts freedom of movement. It also directly affects their athletic performance.
Beginning in the 1900s, women were first allowed to attend the Olympic Games. At that time, female athletes accounted for only about 2% of the participants. At that time, their victory in competitive sports was never considered important. This is still a memorable milestone, marking the transformation in the flow of fashion history.
The golf set was born around the 15th century in Scotland. According to history books, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, was the one who popularized this type of sport. While living in France, she enjoyed playing golf. Golf has gradually become a strong sport in Scotland. Queen Mary Stuart is considered the first female golf player in the world.
In the 1867 period, the first women’s golf club was established at St. Louis. Andrews (Scotland). Men lose their monopoly. It can be said that golf is one of the early involvement of women. During this period, women still have to wear bulky costumes. Includes: corsets, puffy petticoats, wide spread dresses, high neck blouse with tight fitting body.
From 1860, golf began to travel to other Western countries. At the end of the 19th century, the golf outfit gradually changed. Both men and women removed heavy heavy clothing. Clothes are designed to make moving easier and more comfortable. Knitting material becomes a popular choice. The female golfers wear a three-piece suit – blouse, jacket and skirt. Some other improvements are pli-skirted skirts. The blouse has folds on the back.
In 1904, Thomas Burberry, the founder of the Burberry brand, introduced an innovative golf outfit. He is specifically for London women. It is a jacket design with a sleeve that helps women to spread their arms wider. At the same time, the drawstring skirt pattern at Burberry’s waist can be raised 20 cm above the ground.