Collection’s Highlight: Tennis or Croquet Outfit 

 During the last few decades of the 19th century the rise of leisure activities and sport, as part of good health, gave rise to a whole new class of clothing: sportswear. This darling four-piece outfit consists of a bib-like shirt, over jacket, sash and skirt. 

Four piece tennis or croquet outfit, 1885-1895, cotton. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, N0102.1952a-d.