Posted by Clare on October 20, 1997 at 19:45:40:
In response to those sheer, frilly lace things around their necks..., written by KellyB on October 20, 1997 at 14:32:59
what are they called and were they only for decoration?
] They looked too flimsy to be of any real use - like warmth. But, with all the low-cut gowns, I'd think a little extra heat would be appreciated.
] KellyB - P&Paddict/lurker
I think it is a fichu. (not sure what the plural would be) I believe it was originally like a small shawl tucked over the neck, shoulders and chest- worn for extra warmth. However, I believe by the time of the regency it had evolved into a lace insert that was used mostly to change the look of the gown (like we use a scarf as an accessory) and to make the gown more suitable for the daytime (low-cut was really for the evening). However, I am going by memory on this and I could be wrong.
Clare, in a Lyme fog as usual
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