I'm glad you brought this up...
Posted by Kathy hammel on February 28, 1998 at 12:26:38:
In response to I'm glad you brought this up..., written by P. Bingham on February 28, 1998 at 00:57:16
] Regarding the fashion plates, ...Can you rely on a fashion plate to prove that they were actually in vogue...
Fashion plates were intended for the wealthy, not the common person, so all they tell you is what the upper classes might have chosen to wear, if they were wanting to be in the 'first stare' of fashion. As to stays... yes, contemporary accounts do talk about stays being in or out of fashion... but from the shape of the womem featured in fashion plates, it seems unlikely that they were out of fashion long, if at all. those high, pushed up breasts are sure not a natural look for even the youngest of women!
Also, you have to distinguish English from French fashion plates... the French probably did go corsetless for a spell, though it's doubtful the average English woman ever did... on the subject of corsets, a good contemporary reference (recently reprinted by RL Shep publications) is Regency Etiquette, the Mirror of Graces. The original was published in 1811.
The book is witty and fun, and full of delightful tidbits.
- thank you. P. Bingham 12:23:38 3/01/98 (2)
- Hey, Kathy! Long time no see! Caroline 13:59:14 2/28/98 (2)
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