A Take on the Gilded Age





VPL coat (Bib+Tuck), Free People blouse (℅), Asos skirt and cardigan, Free People x Sol Sana heels, vintage collar bar

This whole thing may or may not have been influenced by the fact that I watched half of Ken Burns' PBS documentary series on Jazz and Prohibition these past two days (note the Jazz website that doesn't look like it's been updated in years). Still working not he new Roosevelt series, but these are close to my heart.

Burns' work has always been in my life. When I was a kid, my parents would dust off the VHS tapes they recorded of the Civil War series, pop one into the TV per night, and for a week we would sit around together and have a good cry into our popcorn before heading off to bed, contemplating the follies of man.

If you wanna really look at some amazing clothes though, I really suggest you take a look at both these miniseries. Prohibition begins with the Woman's Rights movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries because suffragettes sought to bring Americans' attention to the immense issue of alcoholism throughout the country, and they had a particular mode of dress that emphasized (relatively) easy movement (remember, they still had corsets), and sensibility. They also used a lot of color, with green being a symbol of generosity and white for femininity (well, chastity, really...what can ya do, it was a different time).  So, Prohibition starts with women, and is then rebelled against by a new definition of female empowerment by them Jazz age tomboys and flappers, who smoked and drank and stayed out all night.

I'm not terribly prone to considering modesty, but I thought doing some kind of take on Gilded Age dress with a high collar, masculine accents (cardigan turned waistcoat, long coat and collar bar) and super layers. Of course, a Suffragette wouldn't have  a long slit down the front of her petticoats, but, hey, who knows if it'd be there if it weren't for them.

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