Figge Art Museum is getting a new exhibit and highlights women who dared to be different.

Long before there was Lululemon, sneakers, Stanley mugs, and influencer-neutral workout gear, there was sporting fashion. A lot of us just wear leggings now for whatever we're doing. But over the last 160 years, women have selected their clothes based on what exact activity they would be doing.

The traveling exhibit Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800-1960 is at the Figge Art Museum from February 14th-May 7th. I took a stroll through it already and let me tell you, it's amazing.

There are 64 fully accessorized ensembles on mannequins that have over 480 actual historic objects. Not reproductions. It's what these women would have worn doing just about anything recreational: yachting, ice skating, riding, basketball, cheerleading, piloting, and so much more.

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Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media

These looks are what laid the foundation for how we dress to do these same activities now.

To add to the fun, Figge has two life-sized cardboard cutouts of these mannequins that will be at certain businesses for you to take a snapshot with. You'll find them at Hotel Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge, City Loafers, NorthPark Mall, SouthPark Mall, The River's Edge, Quad City Botanical Center, Putnam Museum, Watermark Corners, Davenport Public Library, and Freight House Farmers' Market.

Plus you can get a free drink ticket for certain downtown bars with a paid adult admission. That includes Endless Brews, Blackhawk Bowl, City Loafers, Zeke's Island Cafe, Raccoon Motel, Cavort QC, Sippis American Grill and Craft Beer, Me & Billy, Mississippi River Distilling Company Downtown Lounge, Armored Gardens, Devon's Complaint Department, and Analog Arcade Bar.

The Timing Is Perfect For B100's Girls Night Out At Figge

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Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media

(Honestly, I'll be the one on the floor when I start ice skating lessons.)

Happening on March 4th, I'll be back at Figge for B100's Girls Night Out! I'll be playing some music for a classy girls night for us all. It's only $10 for admission and you'll get this cool stuff:

  • Complimentary snacks
  • Free photo booth
  • Awesome prizes and giveaways every 15 minutes
  • A museum scavenger hunt
  • Art Activity (Make Your Own Journal)
  • A discount at Brick & Motor Boutique's Pop-up Shop (and exclusive collection drop!)
  • Cash bar

It's a popular ticket so you should go ahead and register for it! You can do that on the Figge Art Museum's website here.

Figge Art Museum
Figge Art Museum

The Sporting Fashion exhibit is two floors, so you and your girls can walk through it and decide what of these styles you would still wear today. The details and composition of these outfits is just so neat to see.

Meanwhile, I'll be over here wishing my pajamas were actually as cute as this 'lounging' ensemble.

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Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media

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