Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Fashion and aging

American Age Fashion is subtitled "What older American women Wore, 1900 to now" and explores how women's bodies change as they age and the choices fashion offered them. A recent post explains that the "teenagers these days" problem noted by Plato also applies to elder fashions:
Consider these observations from 1898: “My mother never varied the form of her dress for forty years. To the last she wore a soft fleecy cap, a muslin kerchief about her neck crossed in front, a gown with the skirt gathered in fullness and fastened to the waist. Other women of her period dressed as she did. But today the aged matron draws her thinning locks into a tight little knot at the back of her head, or wears false hair, with never a softening cap about her sweet and faded face. She is dressed as her juniors are, and not to her advantage.” The author, Margaret Sangster, was upset about rapidly changing standards of dress for older women. Other commentators celebrate it. However, one thing remains the same: our sense that “everything is different now” has been around for a long, long time.

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