“The originator of this style of dress was Mrs Amelia Bloomer, the editor of a temperance journal named The Lily, which was published at Seneca Falls, New York. A portrait of her, exemplifying her favourite costume, is given on the following page, from a photograph taken by Mr T. W. Brown, Auburn, New York. The dress was first brought practically before the notice of the world, at a ball held on the 23rd of July 1851, at the cotton-manufacturing town of Lowell, Massachusetts. It was an attempt to substitute for the cumbrous, inconvenient, inelegant, and in many other respects objectionable dress which then and has since prevailed, one of a light, graceful, and convenient character. In no part of the world perhaps, would such a reform have been attempted but in one where women had for some time been endeavouring to assert an individuality and independence heretofore unknown to the meeker sex.”
From The Book of Days. A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar Including Anecdote, Biography, & History. Curiosities of Literature and Oddities of Human Life and Character. Edited by R. Chambers. In Two Vols. - Vol.II. Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1864. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.