Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wide And Round
The middle part of the 1800's saw some of the biggest clothing for women in human history. Technology allowed the skirts of women's dresses to expand, and expand, and expand again, until their mobility indoors was restricted to such a degree, that moving about was dangerous, not just to them, but to furniture, and art objects. But what was it that fueled this desire to get bigger, rounder, and wider all the time?
With the invention earlier in the 1800s of the sewing machine, it was possible for women to make up these huge dresses much more quickly, so in order to maintain the semblance of class order, the wealthy made sure that the additional trimmings were luxurious, and plentiful. Massive amounts of lace, ribbon, and appliques assured that rank stayed rank.