Thursday, November 06, 2003

The Romance of the Long Dress

Why are long dresses so attractive? They undoubtedly are, for some women and some men. From the occasional fascinated internet site showing nothing but pictures of women wearing pretty frocks, through vintage clothing shops, the covers of historical romances, to current bridal fashion, this enjoyment is apparent. In many accounts of fashion and costume, such a taste is paradoxical - whether from the viewpoint of the putative female wearer (inconvenience, the reinforcement of traditional 'femininity', etc) or the putative male gaze (covering up the female body).

I would like to discuss the continuing appeal - and perhaps contestations of - this enduring style. And to have some fun doing it.

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