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Fashion Flash Book Review: Ladies Dress Accesories by Eleanor Johnson
I majored in history in college and I feel that our real history can be seen in how we live– what we ate, how we traveled and perhaps most importantly, what we wore. In this intriguing little book, the tools of dress and style offer wonderful insights into a woman’s life in the 19th century. For example the book shows that before a woman could leave the house she needed to hold back her hair with large combs, a button hook to button her dress and gloves, a boot hook to pull on footwear, a glove stretcher to put on her gloves, large hat pins to keep large hats in place, and a vinaigrette to block nasty street smells. My favorite item was the dress hook, a brass clip that women used to lifet their skirts to go downstairs or keep dresses off muddy streets. It sounds so exhausting, its a wonder she actually left her home.
The time and tools it took a Victorian woman to get dressed made me think about current style routines. After I run a brush thruough my hair, one minute make-up and toss my phone in my purse, I am good to go. What steps do you take before you step outside for the day?