The Lady's Friend Volume 7

The Lady's Friend Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...gored--as narrowing them toward the top is termed--close to the figure; the skirts were of the scantiest and shortest dimensions; and, as a wit of the period said, "They commenced too late and ended too soon." An inah was all that was accorded to the length of the waist, and the neck and arms were entirely exposed; whilst the lightness of the other garments revealed the whole contour of the figure. To make amends for this brevity and compression, the surplus material expanded like a huge excrescence in bonnets. Close observers will notice that meanness in one direction is almost always accompanied by extravagance in another, not only in character, not only in household and personal expenses, but in matters of the toilet. When, recently, hugh crinolines were adopted, the head was compressed into the smallest outline, and the bonnet, slung round the neck by ribbons, was suffered to hang like the unused hood of a mantle upon the neck behind the head. Now that crinolines are invisible and skirts shortened, heads have become huge in chignons and other expressions of fancy--the latest fashion being a kind of helmet of hair, equal in size to Minerva's, and formed of rich, loose plaitings from the very brow over the ears to the poll, high in altitude, and as much as possible in appearance like two large, braided chignons united on the head, one toward the face, the other toward the hack, and, both perpendicular. Of course, bonnets are, as betting men. say, nowhere. The superfluity to make up for deficiency of skirt and bonnet juts out in hair, To return, however, to the origin of the bonnet. The first thing ever seen in the annals of costume at all approaching a bonnet is the Marie Stuart hood, which appeared first in the fifteenth century, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578635
  • 9781236578631