From the earliest days of women striving for equality our fashion has not only evolved but has also reflected society and, particularly, our status within it.
The 19th Century saw the emergence of the bustle; used to expand the fullness, or support the drapery, of the back of a woman’s dress to keep the skirt from dragging.
Although the origin of the corset may be traced back to the 16th Century; and the women of the French court, the corset was still the foundation on which women’s fashion was constructed throughout the 19th Century.
(WARNER BROs CORSET ad.)
Despite organised campaigns for women’s suffrage starting to emerge in the 1860s the era was one where women were primarily viewed as mothers and housewives.
The restrictive nature of fashion mirrored the restrictions placed on women by Society.
(Poster by Hilda Dallas, c.1912)
As the United Kingdom suffrage movement evolved, and led to votes for some women in 1918, and all women in 1928 women’s fashion also allowed women a new freedom.
(Actress Norma Talmadge)
The flapper fashion of the 1920s, and it’s slim boyish silhouette, required lingerie to be lighter and less restrictive than earlier decades; including the ‘modern’ brassiere…whose ‘invention’ is usually credited to Caresse Crosby. Finding the ‘traditional’ whalebone corset to be unsuitable for her evening gown she asked her maid to ‘bring two handkerchiefs, pink ribbon, needle and thread and some pins’…and the rest is history.
With our focus on vintage style fashion we are both pleased and honoured to welcome Giada @DarlingLeGlam as a guest blogger.
Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Why is glamour and, in particular, vintage style glamour so important to you?
Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Glamour… honestly I’ve never thought about glamour or being glamorous myself until people around start complimenting me. I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandma as my mum was a full time worker. I have memories of her getting ready for the day in such an accurate way. It didn’t matter if we had to go to buy groceries or to meet someone. She looked perfect at all times. I think this is were I took my inspiration from. She taught me that you can still look good regardless what you have to do. In terms of vintage glamour, that came a little later. I started getting interested in old family stories, particularly about a far cousin that I never had the chance to meet. She was a singer and she was beautiful, looking stunning in each picture. That took me to start researching about the past, and I couldn’t stop loving it! I just felt that this is where I belong.
Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Which decade is your favourite, in terms of its fashion, and do you have one individual item of clothing that you especially favour?
Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). My favourite decades are late 30’s and the 40’s. But to be honest it’s not only about fashion. To me those decades have seen the real strength coming out of women. Considering the crucial historical moment, with the war, with the rations, with losses, women rolled up their sleeves and started working to support their men. And despite that, they managed to look gorgeous.
Talking about a special piece, I don’t have a specific one! I love buying vintage pieces because of the story behind. I get lost thinking about who was wearing it, why, which occasion, was that a gift?! And this is why I love all of my treasures the same way.
Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Who is your vintage style icon and why?
Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Again, I’m helpless. I have at least 2 or 3 icons. I’d lie if I don’t admit that Rita Hayworth is my top favourite. She had everything: beauty, class, charm, glamour. “Gilda” has been my favourite movie since the first time I watched it! On the other hand, I always wished to live a love story as Lauren Bacall did with Humphrey Bogart…such a dream! And for style…well Hedy Lamarr is a huge inspiration. Style wise she definitely was and is an icon.
Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Do you feel that today’s women can learn from the fashion of our mothers and grandmothers?
Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). I do feel that today, for many reasons, women have gone too far. Let me explain: I’m obviously proud of what we have achieved in terms of equality, rights etc. But at the same time I feel that we went a little too far in the way of fighting for it. I don’t know if this is clear yet…I don’t need to show my body off to obtain a good job, nor not to shave to demonstrate I’m strong. Women in the past were strong as we are, if not more. At the end of the day don’t forget that we have what we have because of them!
It was recently reported that, based on current projections, it will be a hundred years to achieve gender pay equality. To be honest @Rations2R_n_R promotes a neutral stance when it comes to any matter with a ‘political’ flavour. However we are very proud of our contemporary vintage sisters who recognise our past whilst being modern empowered women who freely choose fashion; whether it be contemporary or vintage. We thank and celebrate you all…with special thanks to Giada for her invaluable contribution. (Giada’s blog may be found at https://www.darlingleglam.com/ ).
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