Sunday, January 15, 2012
Mousseline de laine
This example is from one of my 1863 fabric sample books.
I started my Apparel and Textiles class at Montana State University last Thursday. It is a required class for Family and Consumer Science, teaching option, majors. I also have 3 architecture students in the class. I was reading a section in a text book...about the famous saying..'All fashions end in excess'. The point was that once a style reaches an extreme it is nearing the end of its cycle and people will be looking for a different look....a new fashion. The example given relates to architecture!
'When 18th century hoop skirts expanded to more than 8 feet in width'.....the image in my mind was a Civil War Era hoop skirt. I had made the mistake I cautioned my students about on Thursday....the 18th century really means the 1700s!! Then I remembered those wide skirts shown in pictures of Versailles.