Posted by Jenna on July 15, 1997 at 12:28:26:
In reply to Real heros; preference compared to other historcial eras posted by Amy on July 14, 1997 at 20:22:04
What I was really getting at though -- since we've talked before about the paucity of modern conveniences and the fact that we'd all likely be servants -- is a love of this particular period over other historical eras.
Ah, thank you Amy, it is now clear as crystal. Then, I too, have to agree with you now. Someone had recommended _Jane Austen: In Style_ to me and I am instantly transported to the grace and style of that era as soon as my eager fingers touch the binding. Neverminding all the conveniences we've grown accustomed to, those particular attributes of decor, architecture and fashion of the era perhaps leave something to be desired in our own?
I wonder, if 200 years from now (assuming we humans are still around), people will look back on the late 20th Century as a simplified or constrained society? Regency or Victorian in manner, dress, and politics?
I can see myself in these dresses and hairdos, for example, but can't even conjure a picture of the big white wigs from a half century before (like in Amadeus, imagine!). Nor the painful corsetting needed a half century later, never mind the restrictive Victorian way of life, which I imagine to be sort of a generalized effort to supress any natural pleasure.
Could someone 2 centuries from now see themselves in high heels, beehives hairdos, miniskirts, spandex, overalls (with one leg rolled up, the other down), shaved heads with things carved into them, tuxedoes, docs, pantyhose, denim, ties, makeup or all the other wonders that 20th century fashion has given us? Sorry, I think I went overboard...
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