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This paper doll shows riding apparel from Godiva to the present day in accurately drawn costumes on heavy stock.  Since Godiva made her famous ride, women have endeavored to compensate for her lack of costume.  The strange and wonderful garments favored by ladies for the vigorous sport of horseback riding must amaze the beholder.  Usually the design of riding habits was based on men’s fashions, but in Medieval times ladies wore regular court dress with trains and enormous sleeves which reached the hem of the skirt.  Godiva wore curls, Marie Antoinette wore trousers, nearly everyone wore corsets!  Surely the horses must have laughed at the riders!  Black and white.

PD 7: The Equestrienne

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