Female fashion throughout the ages

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jackmolay
Joined: 16 Nov 2015, 19:24

10 Aug 2017, 07:27 #1

Images from Q1s2e3 of imgur  via http://boingboing.net/2017/08/08/nearly ... early.html

This images ar e a perfect illustration of how cultures have different views of what constitutes "the perfect woman".

I might be wrong, but it seems to me that the overall trend seems to be simplification. Less textile. However, if they had included working women's clothing, this would not have been equally apparent.
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Monique
Joined: 25 Mar 2016, 09:30

10 Aug 2017, 09:43 #2

But of course. "The perfect woman" are variations on a profoundly deep archetype.

Speaking of which, I have long wanted to make a dedicated fashion thread on Crossdream Life, but I cannot seem to find anything on the contemporary runway that I like. Meanwhile, all the old VHS material from the 80's has deteriorated beyond repair. Very little remains and what's been uploaded to the tube is so low screen quality it's almost unwatchable... 😟
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Marney
Joined: 08 May 2017, 11:09

13 Aug 2017, 05:17 #3

I definitely love styles that give hip illusions, I had to buy fake hips so I could wear other types of skirts and dresses
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Jen
Joined: 18 Nov 2015, 05:33

14 Aug 2017, 02:33 #4

Monique wrote: But of course. "The perfect woman" are variations on a profoundly deep archetype.

Speaking of which, I have long wanted to make a dedicated fashion thread on Crossdream Life, but I cannot seem to find anything on the contemporary runway that I like. Meanwhile, all the old VHS material from the 80's has deteriorated beyond repair. Very little remains and what's been uploaded to the tube is so low screen quality it's almost unwatchable... 😟
In this case, Holy Pink Feathered One, I'd suggest just posting pics of fashion from Google images or Pinterest.  Still pictures are quite vivid.  Of course, you'd have to upload a lot of them. 
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April
Joined: 17 Nov 2015, 16:32

15 Aug 2017, 19:04 #5

When I look at the early years in the picture, I'm struck by how impractical and restrictive the clothing is. I realize that we are looking at the fashion of upper class women for the most part, or at least the dress up clothing for middle class women. But at least in those situations, it says something about expectations of women. They were indeed just supposed to be looked at, and not do much. That wouldn't work for me. I'm glad I didn't have gender dysphoria in that era.
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Jen
Joined: 18 Nov 2015, 05:33

15 Aug 2017, 19:41 #6

I am reminded of the "handicap principle" in evolution.  This theory is about how some animals, like the peacock, can survive with such a cumbersome  and ridiculously beautiful tail generation after generation.  The principle explains that the animal is signalling to a potential mate that if it has survived this long in spite of the huge cost to drag along its huge tail, then it has some sort of unique trait worthy of being passed on........so, go for him, girls!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handicap_principle

In humans, the handicap principle is in showing off expensive cars and homes.  Now, in fashion, it has ended up being women's fashion that shows the cumbersome element.  Upperclass women are indicating they can afford yards of fabric and servants to help around the house.  In essence, the rich women can afford to be "handicapped" by the clothing because she could afford other people to do things for her. 

Although women's fashion has changed considerable, I think pencil skirts and heels are a lingering trait of the handicap principle.  With relevance is the story of Cinderella, and how someone can fit into a small pair of shoes is worthy of a place in upperclass society, where she can have other people help her around because she wouldn't need to move.  The origin of Cinderella comes from the East where handicapping footwear was more fashionable than it is now. 
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