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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dames in cages

Hello dear ones! 

Do you remember the movie Mary Poppins? Where she flew over the city with her umbrella? That was a story. Lets compare this to year 1837-1900. Women in stunning dresses got some relief from 14 pounds of material that made their dresses huge. The crinolin was invented. A metal cage that while providing the same width and grandeur to ladies bottoms, was also significantly lighter. 
The crinolin caught on quickly, it was more airy, weighed less and made the dress look nicer, not to mention it alowed for expansion to dresses of ridiculous proportions. They also had loads of flaws. They were, all things considered, uncomfortable, caught on everything that stood in their way (this including candles) but also vases, cups and the like. These giant had a knack of getting caught on carriages outside and their owners ended up being dragged along the street, you can imagine the broken bones (not that corsets helped much). A gust of wind? they'd be thrown to the ground like dominoes and crinolines? they have a tendency to let everything show hat should not be shown in public. ever. More interestingly, a lady standing on a precipice (say, mountain climbing) or a ship dock would be in the danger of getting swept off by strong gales into the air and either smashed or drowned - the metal in crinolines was heavy. (Thus my Mary Poppins idea) think, instead of holding  umbrellas, they became them, lifesized. In 1863, in Chile, 3000 people were burned to death inside a Cathedral. A lamp caught ire and, you guessed it, not only were he dresses flammable, but teh rush for the door in dresses that could span 10 yards in diameter didnt leave much room to get out. Door was blocked, and everyone died, in the name of fashion. To add, there was no space to move around anywhere, not to mention you couldnt get in or out of one by yourself and ladies working in factories often got pulled in and mauled by machines. 
In spite of it all, I'd still jump at a chance to wear one, and be swept off my feet :) 

Men in those times had their own deadly fashion. High detachable collars: so starched they were said to repel bullets. What they did do for sure was provide a health hazard so big, men were known to die at their dinner tables. If not there, tripping over anything wasnt advised, as it could slice your neck in two. The collar was so high up and tight, if you got drunk and nodded off or fell asleep, you'd choke. 
Ahhh the things we did to look good! 

Thank you all for visting me and leaving such sweet thoughts! 

Winter was washed off here by rain, so Im waiting for another snow storm! And my orange tree began blooming and smells divine! 

I wish you all a most lovely week!
All pics except the flowers are borrowed from the net
Witajcie kochani!
Pamietacie film Mary Poppins i momenty w ktorych fruwala ze swoja paralolka?To byla bajka. 
Panie w cudownych strojach w roku 1837 - 1900 zmienily mode ze starej czyli sukien z wieloma warstwami materialow (14 pound)ktore to powodowaly ,ze suknie te byly bardzo szerokie.Zmieniona moda przyniosla metalowa ale  lzejsza krenoline .Moda przyjela sie bardzo szybko ze wzgledu przewiewnosci,lekkosci i perfekcji wygladu szerokich sukien.Te piekne suknie  z krenolina mialy jednak  duzo wad.Byly szalenie niewygodne,zaczepialy sie o wszystko co powodowalo bicie naczyn,mebli i podpalanie sie o swiece.Sukie takie potrafily zaczepiac sie o jadace dorozki i damy byly ciagane przez cala ulice czesto wychodzily z tego polamane.W miescie w wietrzne dni czesto upadly iwszystko bylo widac co widac niepowinno byc.Stojac na zboczach lub nad jeziorami  przy duzym wietrze byly podnoszone do gory niczym parasolki i czesto przez to topione .W roku 1863 wybuchl pozar i przez wlasnie te sukinie ktore zablokowaly wyjscia katedry  spalilo sie 3tys osob.Panie siadajac zajmowaly bardzo duzo miejsca wiec pokoje musialy byc duze.Same nie mogly sie ubrac ani rozebrac.Biedniejsze zas panie pracujac w fabrykach byly wciagane przez maszyny.
Mimo to wsztsko chciala bym moc chodzic w takich sukniach:)
Panowie w tamtych epokach rowniez mieli swoja mordercza mode.Krochmalone wysokie kolnierzyki.Krochmal byl tak twardy ,ze mowiono ironicznie,ze  kolnierzyk odbijal wystrzelone naboje.Czy odbijal tego do konca nie wiadomo ale wiadomo za to ,ze kolnierzyki potrafily podcinac gardla kiedy panowie sie potykali,dusily pijanych panow ktorzy zasypiali z glowa opuszczona.
Bardzo skutecznie odcinaly doplyw krwi przy drzemkach.    Ilez to ludzkosc musiala sie nacierpiec dla bycia pieknym!
Mili ludzie dziekuje za kazde slowo zostawione pod moimi postami,witam serdecznie nowych obserwatorow =)
Niestety piekna zima w Toronto zostala zmyta przez deszcz =(Wiec znowu pokornie czekam na snieg!W domu pieknie zakwitla mi pomarancza i cudownie pachie.
Serdecznie Was pozdrawiam i zycze pieknych dni!
Zdjecia zapozyczone z netu (oprocz kwiatow)


19 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Kasia:
What an absolutely fascinating post on a subject which we have rarely, if ever, considered. Clearly the crinoline had as many disadvantages attached to it as advantages and could, as you point out, be a positive danger in certain circumstances.

Now a bullet repelling collar....!!

Avrea said...

u mnie własnie prószy śnieg :)))
a te suknie piekne chciałabym choć raz mieć na sobie taka :))
pozdrawiam
Ag

Tuome said...

w okolicach poruszanego przez Ciebie tematu - historia ze życia wzięta.

gdzieś w lecie się straszliwie uśmiałam - szłam akurat na zakupy, gdy moim oczom ukazał si taki oto ucieszny widok. Szła sobie młoda para do kościoła albo na zdjęcia - w każdym razie, on - smoking, ona - suknia, i na krynolinie czy co tam się teraz daje... i nagle - niespodzianka, chodnik w remoncie, tylko wąska kładka przerzucona nad wielką dziurą... wracać do przejścia im się chyba nie chciało (tych dalekich 20 kroków), więc panna kiecę w górę! i jakoś się przepchnęła... pikuś, że pół miasta (bo oczywiście była to główna ulica, w godzinach szczytu :P) obejrzało dokładnie jej bieliznę...

Marie-Nostalgi och Romantik said...

Wonderful pictures av dresses. They are so beautiful, but I am glad that I dont have to wear such dresses. It will be difficult to sit down in front of the computer... :)
Hugs
Marie

Jo-hanah z Wrzosowej Polany said...

Oj elegantki i eleganci musieli się nacierpieć kiedyś. A jeszcze gorsety! I to i panie i panowie nosili.
Ale raz założyć czemu nie? Tak do stylowych zdjęć.
Tak czy owak często te suknie były dziełem sztuki. Koronki, hafty, koraliki, tiule... Ach...
Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I've always loved this period, so feminine and beautiful. But the comfort factor quickly snaps me back to being thankful for today. Enjoyed this info...very interesting!
Blessings,
Cindy

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I enjoyed your interesting history lesson. One can only shake the head... Haha! So nice that you came by!

Margarithes said...

Suknie bajeczne, konstrukcje rzeczywiście dziwne, i jednak niebezpieczne. Kiedyś marzyłam o takiej suknie do ślubu, ale nie wyszło, urodziłam się nie w tej epoce - mimo wszystko. Poza tym cały czas o Tobie myślę, i te myśli sprawiają mi wiele radości.

Renia said...

Ja uwielbiam takie suknie i chętnie bym na siebie założyła:))))Pozdrawiam serdecznie

Jann Olson said...

Oh I enjoyed this history lesson so much! Can you imagine all of those ladies trying to get out of those doors in those dresses? As large as they are your friend couldn't stand too close. Do you think they had to talk loudly in order to hear each other? lol! I'm like you. It sure would be fun to wear one. If maybe only for a day.
hugs,
Jann

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Hello my sweet friend. So good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. I always love hearing from you. What an interesting post. I am with you I would love to wear one of those dresses. Aren't they beautiful. Hope you are doing well. Keep smiling. Hugs, Karie

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

I always wanted to wear one of these dresses,lol.Now I got second thoughts.Beautiful post,dear Katherine.
Have a lovely day.
Hugs,
Marie

Lynn Stevens said...

You really gave me something to think about with your interesting post about hoop skirts and collars. Maybe just for one day might be fun but sounds very dangerous indeed.
hugs Lynn

suziqu's thread works said...

Absolutely fascinating Katherine!
So beautifully elegant yet I must say I'm very happy to be living in this era!
I so appreciated your post on your article about food additives.
It should scare everyone buying such processed food. We are so fortunate here to be able to grow so much of our own fresh produce.
Sending ♥♥♥s to you,
Suzy

violi igłą malowane said...

Ciekawe jak dzisiaj by zareagowały panny jak by musiały takie sukienki nosić , a nie spodnie ,,
To były czasy , a paną nie zazdroszczę ..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing gowns and clothing! This has been an interesting post and I've learned some things about fashion! I'm stopping by to wish you Happy Valentines day. I hope your day has been special. You are special to me! Sweet hugs, Diane

AGATA G. said...

Witam w piątek
i życzę samych serdeczności na cały weekend i dużo uśmiechu do łez.

khess136 said...

Yikes! I don't think I'll ever complain about an itchy sweater, or strapless bra, or uncomfortable shoes again!! I can't even imagine that clothing could be "deadly!" Poor people....bad enough they had hygiene issues, much less clothing issues too!! LOL
xoxo
Karen

Red Rose Alley said...

Katherine,
I always wondered what it would be like to wear these type of dresses. To me, they are so elegant and beautiful. I love the way they 'poof' out. I have always been drawn to this period of time, and the bit of info. you have on here is very interesting. Have a wonderful week.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley