town and country
Posted by emelye on August 28, 1998 at 16:18:13:
In response to Low necklines, written by Bethany on August 27, 1998 at 21:05:12
The best representation of theis is in P&P1, the BBC version from the '80s. At the assembly ball, where Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst first appear, you can see the difference between the conservative necklines on the ballgowns of the local residents and the very low neckline on the london-dwelling, high fashion Bingley/Hurst family. Those costumes are probably the best representation of fashion of the day: high necklines in the winter, conservative low necklines on the formal gowns of the country folk, and the lowest necklines on the formal gowns of the high fashion town ladies who were on the prowl. There is also a great deal of fuss made about Lydia and her lace, which was used to fill in a neckline that was considered a little too low. The advantage of lace was that it could be made to slip at opportune moments, and Lydia seems to have been an expert at that art!
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