Amelia Bloomer Signature Shirt. o Amelia Bloomer Signature Shirt. Amelia Jenks Bloomer was born in Homer NY in 1818. The house she grew up in still stands on Main Street. A staunch advocate of women's rights and prohibition, and famous for her stand in favor of dress reform, she appeared at her lectures during the early 1850s wearing full trousers, gathered at the ankle, under a short skirt. Although not the first to adopt this style, her advocacy popularized it as "bloomers."