Oftentimes, we look back on the past and insist to ourselves that we’ve become much more civilized and “modern” in our views of fashion. After all, we’re not trying to lead our lives in stays, corsets, hoops, or bustles. But are we any more practical than our grandmothers and great-grandmothers?
Not so fast…
Check out this great student blog featured on the Met website and see how women are still trying to “attain the unattainable.” Then, decide…would you wear the corset circa 1876? The Jean Paul Gaultier evening ensemble from spring/summer 2001?
As for me? Mmm…yes. And….if I had the body for it, yes. But I fear I’d probably be the idiot who would catch my heel in all those laces, trip down the stairs, and break my neck.