A Word on Fashion

Symphony_in_flesh_color_and_pink_by_JM_Whistler,_1871-74

“……all the most ungainly and uncomfortable articles of dress that fashion has ever in her folly prescribed, not the tight corset merely, but the farthingale, the vertugadin, the hoop, the crinoline, and that modern monstrosity the so-called “dress improver”[i.e.bustle] also, all of them have owed their origin to the same error- the error of not seeing that it is from the shoulders, and from the shoulders only, that all garments should be hung. -Oscar Wilde, The Woman’s Dress 1888-1890