I just hate that!
Posted by JennieC on March 09, 1998 at 10:35:16:
In response to a good example of interpreting period dress..., written by P. Bingham on March 08, 1998 at 16:27:19
(snip) The dress was as accurate as I can tell but the hairstyles! you can always date a movie, almost regardless of the historical setting, by the hairstyles. They tend to represent the current mode more than the historical fashion.
This is also true in reenacting, and makes me cringe at every event. Those of us who are serious about our portrayals of the past (my husband's regimental commander is a real stickler) go to great lengths to get the clothing as exact as possible, including all the underthings, accessories, etc., and we study past photographs to get our hair just right, even if it isn't flattering. Then we go to an event (like the incredible Sharpsburg/Antietam battle last year) and see hundreds of women walking around looking like prom girls from your worst 1960's nightmare! Eyeshadow up to the eyebrows, caked-on rouge and a modern hairstyle. Argh! And who gets her picture in the paper almost every time? The gal with the most outlandish outfit or hairdo. We call them "FARBie Barbies" (FARB meaning "Fast And Researchless Buyer). (Sigh)
Oh, well, I can't squawk too loudly. I did it when I was a teenager, before a kind living historian set me straight. ;-)
- Thanks, I haven't heard that definition of "farb" before,(nfm) Captain Everett 22:15:44 3/12/98 (0)
- Hairstyles... P. Bingham 14:15:53 3/09/98 (11)
- I think they are doing a better job... Lynne 16:58:23 3/09/98 (10)
- About that curly hair.... JennieC 19:58:39 3/09/98 (0)
- Stars vs. extras Carolyn B 17:39:18 3/09/98 (8)
- Star style Valerie McKnight 23:45:33 3/10/98 (7)
- you made a good point. P. Bingham 13:03:54 3/11/98 (6)
- Grime Valerie Mc. 22:09:38 3/11/98 (0)
- Horseman on the Roof!!!Yesyesyesyes! HtF,S! *sigh* and also Marie Bernadette 14:21:36 3/11/98 (4)
- which Heathcliff? P. Bingham 22:01:00 3/11/98 (3)
- The Ralph Fienne Heathcliff. Did I spell his name right? nfm Marie Bernadette 00:44:31 3/12/98 (2)
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