|GR - North and South?
Written by Deborah Julia
(10/20/2003 9:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - ch 1. gossip & observations, penned by LaurieC
] I had to laugh at the excuse of Lady Jane Clifton "Because the Ladies dress their Heads so High and she woud not dress hers so--Good Lord what a Reason..." I thought the high hairstyles were out of fashion during this time, but perhaps they mean hats and feathers and such?
Maybe the fashion for dressing heads high had died out in the South (London) but lingered on in the North (Preston assemembly)? It could have taken sometime for the lastest fashion news to reach that far up North and a bit longer for the Northern ladies to find a hairdressser who could dress the head in the new fashion.
Lady Jane Clifton is described as woman of quality, but it is unclear whether LJC is a London Lady or a local one. If she was a local Lady, she may have had intelligence about the lastest hairstyles from fashion magazines or even in letters from other Ladies in the South and wanted to show how fashionable and therefore how superior she was to the company who would attend the Preston assemembly.
Mrs. Parker's (of Cuerdon) glee at passing on this tidbit is combined with good comic timing "-Good Lord what a Reason - but she is a woman of quality" What a put down.
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