costume, carriage and movement
Posted by Audrey on November 09, 1997 at 14:00:02:
In response to Regency Deportment, written by Sue on October 27, 1997 at 11:34:29
From my limited research and experience with costume I believe it is almost impossible
for a modern woman to dress in a way that would make her indistinguishable from 18
and19 century women. That is not to say we can have a lot of fun wearing costume.
18/19 dresses will not fit modern dress forms. The mid riffs are too small, probably due to long term
corseting and the absence of gym, school games, gyms and jogging.
We no longer value sitting and standing in a certain way that was the accepted standard. Today it is ok to
do your own thing. Children were taught these things very early - I don't think we can emulate the effects today.
Those of us who have long memories (grin) may remember the clothes of the 1960s. I am sure I have lost my 1960 characteristics with the liberations of the 80s and 90s. I can remember wearing a not so liberated firm control girdle and longline bra in 1967 for a two week exhibition. Afterwards my nude shape was different and after only 2 weeks.
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