those of us who are modern but nostalgic, Issue
3 celebrates the development of "style freedom".
Cultural changes led the way to style freedom, which became evident during
the Elizabethan era when women gained
the right to appear on the theatrical stage, wearing their own clothes.
Unlike the days of La Belle Epoque,
it is now completely acceptable, even chic, for women to choose what styles
to wear by shopping for themselves in various places - from street markets
to traditional up-market boutiques. Some women even choose to search second-hand
shops to achieve a Vintage as New look.
With the liberation of women's hair, Hair Ornaments
have become less important as an essential and superficial part of one's
dress, and cherished more for their exquisite design and intrinsic value.
As more women were able to buy ready-made clothing and participate in
activities outside the home, the quiet art of sewing became appreciated
more for its decorative tools like elaborate Sewing
Kits and Thimbles. Perhaps
these freedoms inspired some to challenge Conventional
Dress for Men as well.
contributes his research on the fashion of the day. The
late Victorian era - the beginning of an era known as "la belle
époque" or "the beautiful period" (1890-1914)
- is a fascinating period for women's fashion.
Perkins detangles the topic of hair combs and ornaments. Popular
designs in jewellery often reflect the fashions of the day. Necklace
design is limited by the current trend in necklines, and bracelets
tend to be out of favour when cuffs are heavily frilled. The popularity
of hair ornaments was affected by two main factors: hairstyles &
recently, women were considered more fascinating for the personalities
they could assume through dress. Nancy Lyons discovered that
men, too, have not always suppressed their other - more charismatic
shares her passion for the imagination and delicate artistry
found on antique thimbles and sewing tools. Thimble
collecting is exciting, fun, and covers a wide price range. Each thimble
is a perfect miniature display of art, invention and craftsmanship.
as the New Look
of us who have always enjoyed vintage clothing are not surprised that
buying vintage is fashionable again. Itís hard to believe that not
long ago, only "eccentrics" shopped in vintage shops.
Tiramani, Associate Designer for Shakespeare's Globe in London,
gave a fascinating introduction to the clothing worn by actors of
the 16th and 17th centuries. Nancy Lyons
reports that clothing worn on stage represented what was commonly
worn by people of the Renaissance period.
History in the 20th Century
its scope is narrowed by a limited time frame, this rather slim
volume attempts to cover an undeniably huge subject. A History
of Fashion in the 20th Century manages this feat
in only 8 chapters which are concise but thought-provoking: "Beginnings
of Haute Couture," "The Roaring Twenties," "Fashion in Times of
Crisis," "The New Look in Full Swing," "Fashion Revolutions," "Flower
Power," "Dress for Success," and "Fin De Siecle".
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