gloves (again :-))
Posted by Constanza on August 28, 1998 at 12:52:48:
In response to The Woman in Fashion, Sizing, written by Patricia Bingham on August 26, 1998 at 21:32:36
Th practice of keeping the hands almost constantly covered, either by gloves or mittens, served not only to make their real size less evident, but also to render them soft and white, an essential refinement. The shades of kid used, even by men, were very pale, principally lemon, lavendar, and dove-grey - a fashion so deliberately and unmistakably opposed to utility that no one could doubt its origins in a desire to maintain social distinction.
Was this also during the Regency? Because both in PP2 and in Emma man are usually barehanded (does that word exist?) even at the balls (except those in uniforms, I think). Women are also shown without gloves. Was that a mistake of the movies?
The worst of all, perhaps, belong to the evening dresses of 1912-1914 which are not only decidedly tight but also equipped with a fishtail train, occuring very often at the FRONT of the skirt, and guaranteed to hamper every step since it is far too short to be picked up and carried...
I guess women would walk like Mortitia Addams in those days. he!
- to glove or not to glove... P. Bingham 18:10:11 8/28/98 (0)
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