ByGenevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine is an author, film and TV critic, and part-time costume nerd whose second novel, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club (due in June), is a flapper retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Her appetite for bad movies is insatiable, a tragedy she tracks at

  1. Once upon a time, ladies decided to ride bikes.

    Since that time was the Victorian era, and ladies were tight-lacing themselves right into punctured lungs, this provided an excuse for upper- and middle-class ladies to celebrate recreational and sartorial mobility, a dovetail of causes for the rational dress movement, and a perfect storm of social reform fought in the public opinion. It was a defining moment in late 19th-century aesthetics, and became…