I'm glad you brought this up...
Posted by P. Bingham on February 28, 1998 at 00:57:16:
In response to So what are the clothing myths?, written by Carolyn B on February 28, 1998 at 00:18:06
Regarding the fashion plates, I would think that the manufacturers of stays would want to sell as many as they can so they would then advertise, using young looking women for sketches, etc, in order to entice all women, not just those that would "need" them. There have been more than a few references of contemporaries mentioning that stays were out of vogue. Can you rely on a fashion plate to prove that they were actually in vogue and everybody wore them? Look at the fashion runways today. Are these items of clothing what everyday people where? But then again, look at the fashions that were popular during the Regency, which did probably require a very thin body to really look good as the gowns did seem narrow. I don't think the average woman was a stick so, if you look at it that way, they probably did wear stays.
- I'm glad you brought this up... Kathy hammel 12:26:38 2/28/98 (6)
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