Posted by Bob Whitworth on August 27, 1998 at 01:07:16:
In response to Excessive narrowness, written by The Mysterious H.C. on August 26, 1998 at 22:23:20
] ] 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 have most of the original prints from George Cruikshank's Fashionable "Monstrosities" series (1816-1826), which visually lampoons the fashion "dandies" of the period, and some of the waists on the woman figures are almonst non-existant--the size of a belt buckle --and no more. Cruikshank was exaggerating, of course, but there had to be a basis for the illustrations. If I had my website finished I'd post them here; they're fun to look at.
- Types of Narrowness... The Mysterious H.C. 10:14:58 8/27/98 (0)
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