I didn't see this, but...
Posted by Jessamyn on February 08, 1998 at 17:00:01:
In response to Regency fashions pop up in the weirdest places..., written by Lesley on February 05, 1998 at 00:43:55
] My DH taped the European Figure Skating Championships for me and I watched them last night. In the kiss and cry area there were two young ladies who stood behind a regency looking settee. They had on beautiful regency style gowns but they wore the strangest head dresses...it looked like each of them had a big gold onion on top of their head! This gave the ladies a faintly medieval/ middle eastern look. The championships were held in Milan, so perhaps this is some type of local style. Did anyone see this and know more about than I do?
I don't know about this specifically, but it sounds as if their gowns were early Renaissance, not Regency. In the 1400s there was a fashion for high-waisted gowns, close-fitting through the bodice and with long, tight sleeves. Hats during this period were wild, including the classic fairy-tale princess pointy hat (the Great Hennin), a two-pronged hat with a veil hanging between the points (the Double Hennin), and big, poofy, popover-looking things, the name of which I don't know. I think these are the gold onions you're talking about.
Italy does have many traditional events where people wear pretty authentic medieval recreations, so they would expect an audience to recognize those styles. Of course, the question remains--what does this have to do with figure skating? Now that I can't answer!
- Aha! Lesley 21:53:36 2/08/98 (0)
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