Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on August 26, 1998 at 22:23:20:
In response to The Woman in Fashion, The Cycle of Dress, written by P. Bingham on August 25, 1998 at 22:34:04
] It is most notable tendency of fashion to carry every favored style to its logical or prehaps illogical end. If skirts begin to widen, there is a very strong probability that they will be degrees get wider and wider until they may require hoops of some kind to support them. these hoops will ultimatley reach a size whcih make their use intolerable and they will then be discarded by the aid of some not too sudden contrivance of design, and the skirt will, by the same slow degrees, grow narrower. This trend toward excessive narawness can be seen in certain Empire dresses, in a short-lived style of the late seventies and the early Edwardians.
I don't get the impression that it was very generally the case that Regency/Empire gowns were so tight they inhibited movement. Some of the fashion plates ca. 1881 to be seen on my Victorian page look much worse...
- Tat link was uncomfortable! P. Bingham 01:13:12 8/27/98 (1)
- more thoughts on narrowness... P. Bingham 15:37:29 8/27/98 (0)
- Original Thin Bob Whitworth 01:07:16 8/27/98 (1)
- Types of Narrowness... The Mysterious H.C. 10:14:58 8/27/98 (0)
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