Looking back through the decades, even the centuries, there have been some crazy cool fashions as well as some just plain crazy but where does fashion generate from? Gradual evolutions of certain styles that one can see develop from one year to the next but also marked revolutions which seemed to tear away everything, almost all at once that was thought mandatory in the preceding years. Of course, there have always been marked contrasts of what different sets of people wore contemporaneously, at one time enforced by law, but there were also general style directions and shared desires in sartorial statements. Regardless of the differences of the fashionable set in their uncomfortable finery or everyday folk in practical gear there was also a shared silhouette or strong image that dates those clothes to a period of history, despite the class of who wore it. The influence of the so called 'upper classes' on the rank and file is well founded but the inversion of the influence was remarkable but not as exceptional as one might expect.
The winsome early nineteenth century when everyone appeared dressed as rural peasants (including the peasants) in looser fitting clothes, muslins, humble floral poplins and fleurs d'
to be continued...