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1917 Woman's American Red Cross Motor Services Uniform. Composed of: Coat, Breeches, Coat Belt, Belt and Cap with Pin

1917 Woman's American Red Cross Motor Services Uniform. Composed of: Coat, Breeches, Coat Belt, Belt and Cap with Pin

Nurse, doctor or surgeon's uniform? American, 1918.

Nurse, doctor or surgeon's uniform? American, 1918.

Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925 | Daughters of the American Revolution

Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925 | Daughters of the American Revolution

Right: Coat for winter sports, by Blancquaert, London, 1920-25, at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. In their book "Style & Splendor: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938," authors Kjellberg and North write that Queen Maud wore this thick wool, fur-trimmed coat for skiing and toboganning. She probably wore a jumper and a skirt with knee-length breeches under the coat (pg. 68).

Right: Coat for winter sports, by Blancquaert, London, 1920-25, at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. In their book "Style & Splendor: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938," authors Kjellberg and North write that Queen Maud wore this thick wool, fur-trimmed coat for skiing and toboganning. She probably wore a jumper and a skirt with knee-length breeches under the coat (pg. 68).

Suit, Louis Caplan, American, ca. 1907. Wool twill weave coat, bodice, and skirt with silk satin lining. Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Suit, Louis Caplan, American, ca. 1907. Wool twill weave coat, bodice, and skirt with silk satin lining. Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Uniform Coat worn by Captain Horace Hann Sams (Beaufort, SC) who served in the Confederate Army’s Subsistence Department. He died in Confederate States General Hospital no. 12 at Greensboro, NC on May 6, 1865. Charleston Museum.

Uniform Coat worn by Captain Horace Hann Sams (Beaufort, SC) who served in the Confederate Army’s Subsistence Department. He died in Confederate States General Hospital no. 12 at Greensboro, NC on May 6, 1865. Charleston Museum.

1906-8 - Driving coat. This versatile double-breasted coat made of a heavy wool would have been ideal for outdoor wear. At the turn of the century a growing interest in sports and leisure pursuits led to more relaxed clothing for men. Comfortable clothes were needed to ride a bicycle, drive a motor car or play golf. This resulted in a range of informal styles that fed into mainstream fashion:

1906-8 - Driving coat. This versatile double-breasted coat made of a heavy wool would have been ideal for outdoor wear. At the turn of the century a growing interest in sports and leisure pursuits led to more relaxed clothing for men. Comfortable clothes were needed to ride a bicycle, drive a motor car or play golf. This resulted in a range of informal styles that fed into mainstream fashion:

Woman-wearing-American-Red-Cross-motor-Corps-uniform-full-lgth-World-War-I-WWI

Woman-wearing-American-Red-Cross-motor-Corps-uniform-full-lgth-World-War-I-WWI

Woman's uniform for the Motor Corps of America, c. 1916-1918.  The Motor Corps was a woman’s first opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces in a position other than nursing. Women from the Motor Corps served as drivers of ambulances and other vehicles both at home and abroad.

Woman's uniform for the Motor Corps of America, c. 1916-1918. The Motor Corps was a woman’s first opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces in a position other than nursing. Women from the Motor Corps served as drivers of ambulances and other vehicles both at home and abroad.

Woman’s uniform, early 1940s USA via the Met Museum.  It was worn by a member of the American Red Cross Motor Service.

Woman’s uniform, early 1940s USA via the Met Museum. It was worn by a member of the American Red Cross Motor Service.

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