The Science of Beauty

The Science of Beauty

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...or demerit on either side. It is no time for the giving or taking of compliments; but thus nature has constituted us, and even thus we must suffer and behave. We have no choice in either case; the male sex must on the whole be the most useful; the female sex must on the whole be the most beautiful. If we come to details, we shall find the same rule amply borne out. The female sex is universally recognised as that capable of sustaining the greatest amount of ornament, and the male as that capable of performing the greatest amount of work. The vocabulary of apparel forms a counterpart to that of architecture, and the respective wardrobes of the two sexes are significantly disparate. Let us take a look at them. Men have in general but a little dozen articles of clothing, while the attire of women knows no end. A hat, coat, waistcoat, trousers, boots, collar, and necktie exhaust the exterior dress of most men, while it would be difficult to enumerate all the articles which are seen upon women. Of the latter, instance the following: --Feathers, lace, sprays, head-dresses, wreaths, caps and fichus, ribbons, veils, artificial flowers, clusters for bonnets, stuffed birds, wings and buckles, ruffs and ruffles, tippets, lappets, shawlettes, collarettes, gauntlets, necklets, shoulder scarves, boas, garnitures, worked skirts, checks, twills, point embroidery, pleatings, tucks, flounces, slashed sleeves, fringes, rosettes, bows, tassels, sashes, buttons, beads, belts, gimp, furs, skins, capes, jerseys, polonaises, pelisses, trains, paletots, together with a vast number of articles of which men know nothing whatever. The materials, moreover, of which the above garments may be made are too many and various to be enumerated; and besides all this, ladies have..show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662717
  • 9781236662712