Posted by P. Bingham on March 03, 1998 at 13:38:37:
In response to Clothing, written by Marie Bernadette on March 01, 1998 at 23:52:23
Hi Marie Bernadette,
I hesitate to wrote this as my crystal ball tells me I'll have an army swarming beneath me to depute this again! But, all the sources I have read have been very specific about drawers and when they came into fashion. They were originally worn by men (without the pretty ruffles) if I recall correctly, and the ladies borrowed them and essentially took them over. English Costume of the 19th Century by Iris Brook & James Laver say that "drawers, long, tight-fitting, and rimmed with lace, began to be worn by women (1820), although they were not universal until the thirties, or later. Little girls also wore them long, so that they protruded several inches below the skirt, and, had they not been so elaborate, would have looked like trousers. Sometimes these 'pantalettes' were false, being merely attached by tapes above the knee." The men, as I understand, but cannot find the books where I got this from) had been wearing these from even before the turn-of-the-century. I've never read of this in any other way.
peaking from under a blanket!
- more about drawers... P. Bingham 14:33:52 3/03/98 (2)
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