Dexter, Dextra, Dextrum: The Bloomer Costume on the British Stage in 1851

@article{Urwin2000DexterDD,
  title={Dexter, Dextra, Dextrum: The Bloomer Costume on the British Stage in 1851},
  author={Tiffany Urwin},
  journal={Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film},
  year={2000},
  volume={28},
  pages={113 - 89}
}
  • T. Urwin
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Art
  • Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
O n 27 September 1851 the Illustrated London News printed a page showing three very different pictures of mid-nineteenthcentury womanhood: Amelia Bloomer, the "originator" of the Bloomer costume for women and the subject of a contemporary dress debate; the celebrated travesty actress Madame Celeste in her role as hero of the Queen's Secretat the Adelphi Theatre; and a trio of models arrayed in the latest fashions from Paris (Plate 1). Difference was signified here by costume, and the choice and… 
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