Posted by Jessamyn on December 11, 1997 at 14:14:33:
In response to Photographs of authentic clothing..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on December 09, 1997 at 17:21:25
] I don't know whether it was the photography they used, or the Gibson-girl hairstyles that some of the models have, or something subtle, but somehow the 1908 book seems to make these styles a little unappealing.
] It's funny to realize that those models are somewhat decorseted, and probably wearing less cumbersome or constricting clothes than what they would have worn in ordinary life at the time (usually when you think of dressing up in historical costumes, you think of wearing more cumbersome clothes than those you normally wear...)
I think it's mostly the nasty S-bend stance, almost the reverse of the way these clothes were meant to be worn. It gives them a slumpy, bulgy quality that really is a bit unpleasant. It's probably exacerbated by the fact that these women, released from their corsets, didn't know how to hold themselves up!
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