Date: 2009-07-22 08:15 pm (UTC)
You wrote: It is easier to go for a gothic fitted dress in this respect: it's most similar to our modern ideas of how period dresses should fit. But that doesn't mean loose or fitted but untightened dresses are somehow wrong. Even now there are so-called 'primitive' cultures where they are OK with women letting it all hang out, either with or without clothing to cover them. Yes, as they age this can look unattractive to western eyes. But that doesn't mean it is wrong now, and it doesn't mean it was wrong in the 14th century.

Is anyone actually saying this somewhere? That there's only one way to do the fit for dresses of the 14thc and that they were all bust-supportive and tailored one way to achieve that effect? If so, I'd like to know who says it. I don't, nor do any of the other 14thc clothing enthusiasts I know personally. So I'm wondering where this assumption is coming from?

Granted, I haven't yet read the [livejournal.com profile] modehistorique entry from which all this discussion apparently springs. I'll go over there and catch up. Or should I avoid it to keep my blood pressure down?
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