It's something I feel I should do more in LTTW, about the only appearance of it in Vol VI was the mention of politicians wearing suits with frilly cuffs.An interesting, if at times disjointed (imho), look at when male fashion changed rather radically.
Alternate fashion as a whole is something that is generally disregarded in TLs. This was brought hinge to me in the fact that @Ciclavex's Fashions Made Sacred calls in such, in a pleasingly understated way. The fact that I found this revolutionary showed just how infrequently it is addressed at all. Obviously, there'll be precious little change in a TL where the PoD is the June 2016 referendum; works stretching far further seldom look at it.
It is something I noted, and, while I had vague ideas about how certain masculine clothing styles would instead be more neutral, and that sort of thing, I have to admit that it was @Sideways who actually, by asking me about it, who actually made me do research on something that I had vaguely understood but had never really looked into and made me seriously consider the historical consequences of my PoD in terms of fashion —— despite it being all the more fitting given that the title even includes the word “fashions”, it was not something that I had given more than a few passing thoughts to before she prompted me, and I do so much appreciate her having done so.An interesting, if at times disjointed (imho), look at when male fashion changed rather radically.
Alternate fashion as a whole is something that is generally disregarded in TLs. This was brought home to me in the fact that @Ciclavex's Fashions Made Sacred dabbles in such, in a pleasingly understated way. The fact that I found this revolutionary showed just how infrequently it is addressed at all. Obviously, there'll be precious little change in a TL where the PoD is the June 2016 referendum; works stretching far further seldom look at it.
Eh, apart from the occasional elderly gentleman I don't think I've seen even full on black tie at any operas myself. Glyndebourne's different but half of the point there is dressing up like you're going to an Edwardian garden party- it's the same sort of mindset that leads to people dressing up for Comicon.I was rather hoping that it would spread. And the way that the British upper classes still wear Victorian -style finery at weddings and the opera - and especially at court - with very little change from c. 1820 always seems odd to me. Ditto the Richard Curtis-style films idea of selling the UK to American consumers as a quaint old country where we love this sort of thing. It's as if we're all in some giant Downton Abbey episode.
You are Europe's greatest hero, Beau Brummell!dandies bathed
Sure but I think one refreshing thing about the articles I get is that they routinely emphasise and focus on social change over political change.His father Billy Brummell was actually a much more important political figure and arguably the prototype of the Cabinet Secretary
In conclusion,we must go back in time and murder Beau Brummel with a baby rhinoThe hours of dressing, whether by dandies or their forerunners in the eighteenth century whose costumes were so elaborate they required it, were of course not done by the rich and aristocrats themselves. They had small armies of servants, valets and femmes de chambre to work around them. Those could incur dreadful retribution if their movements pinched the gentleman or gentlewoman they were clothing, or if the "toilette" did not achieve the desired effect on its public, to the point that it was already a figure of satire in Marivaux's Île des Esclaves and many other plays. Beyond the need for such expensive and expansive hiring practices, fashion also had a major impact on economic life, and the turn to more restrained clothing could negatively impact a lot of people who designed and tailored fashion.
And you have the even more awful aspects. While I'm not aware of any particularly bad practice for the harvesting of purple dye beyond standard such things for the times, indigo was one of the major slave crops of the eighteenth century. I'm not aware of the particulars, but this endured beyond abolition and was a cause by oppressed peasantry, forced to grow it for paltry amounts of money, for revolts in India.