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Think Uggs and mini skirts are kind of crazy? They're nothing compared to some of the WILD fashion trends people have followed in the past

Think Uggs and mini skirts are kind of crazy? They're nothing compared to some of the WILD fashion trends people have followed in the past

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  • ==== ====Want More Fashion Articles Like This? Go here:http://fashionforrealwomen.com/v/extreme==== ====The 10 Most Extreme Fashion Trends EVERWhats the craziest fashion trend you ever saw? The Zoot suit? The leisure suit? Go-go boots?Goth? As wild as those trends were, they still dont compare to some of the wacky things peoplehave done over the centuries all in the name of fashion.Torture, greed, vanity, lust the stories read like the seven deadly sins and led to some of the mostcontroversial styles in fashion history. If you thought bee hives and bell bottoms were extreme,just take a look at these:Lotus FootChina, 10th CenturyThe royal families of China set a new standard for beauty -and pain- by creating the Lotus foot.Inspired by a Princes beautiful concubine with small feet who danced on her toes in shoes shapedlike a Lotus flower bud, women began binding their feet in order to replicate the shape. Thepractice quickly caught on, and soon the wealthiest families in China were binding and breakingthe feet of their daughters at age 5 or 6 to keep feet small and under 3 in length. It was theultimate status symbol, because by limiting mobility it meant these women couldnt work which bydefault meant they must come from affluent families. It also meant that they had to marry a manwealthy enough to support them and their servants. In time, the size of a womans foot becamethe #1 factor in how well she could marry. Remarkably, this practice lasted more 1,000 years andimpacted millions of women, until it was outlawed in 1949.Hairless FaceEurope, 11th CenturySince clothing styles changed very slowly and only local fabrics (wool, fur) were available, womenof rank and status began removing the hair from their face and head in order to distinguishthemselves from the lower classes. Theyd remove their eyebrows, eyelashes, and much of theirhairline in order to achieve a hairless face and high forehead. It was very labor intensive, as somewomen plucked every day, and created an almost alien-like appearance. Starting around 500 AD,this practice lasted more than 1,000 years, through the Elizabethan era.ChopinesItaly, 14th CenturyVenetian merchants trading along Silk Road brought back many new and wondrous things fromChina including fireworks, spicesand platform shoes. In the days before paved roads, people
  • would slip into pattens and clogs elevated wooden overshoes used to walk through mud andanimal dung but when the silk and elaborated decorated chopines first appeared in Venice, Italiancourtesans went crazy for them and began wearing them as a status symbol. The higher theplatform, the higher the social standing. Some were as tall as 30 (.762 meters) and requiredwalking assistance from servants less the wearer fall off her shoes. The trend spread throughoutEurope in various platform heights and lasted until the 1600s when they were gradually replacedby high heels.HeaddressesFrance, 15th CenturyThe hairless face took on new prominence when the women of Burgundy began to furtherelongate the face with elaborate headdresses in the early 1400s. Constructed from wire andsumptuously decorated with silk, jewels and scarves, hats appeared in all shapes and sizes. Onecone, two cones, butterflied, and dome-shaped, these hats became the subject of ridicule bychildren and condemnation from the pulpit. Nonetheless, spectacular headgear for women was ala mode for over 100 years.Somber OpulenceSpain, 16th CenturyAfter Columbus discovered the new world, Spain established trade routes to the Americas andquickly overtook Italy as the major importer in Europe. They also began setting styles. Flush withwealth yet devoted to the Church, Spaniards introduced corsets that flattened the chest, hoopsthat widened the skirts, and ornate collars and sleeves all in sumptuous fabrics and dark colors.This silhouette spread throughout Europe, with fabrication and ornamentation varying by country.Big WigsFrance, 17th CenturyWhen Louis XIV of France began losing his hair in the mid-1600s, he started wearing large, curlywigs. His court naturally followed suit. Because wigs were expensive and difficult to maintain,they became and remained an essential part of high society costume for nearly 150 years.Politicians, lawyers, and judges all wore wigs, which is where the term big wig originated indescribing someone of importance. By the eve of the French Revolution in the 1770s, womensspecial occasion wigs had grown to 2 feet in height and might feature miniature ships or castlesmade of gems. Because these towering wigs were expensive to create, they were often worn forweeks without washing or combingwhich sometimes led to infestations by lice and rats.PanniersFrance, 18th CenturyThe hoop skirt of the 16th century returned 200 years later in the form of panniers, a sort of splithoop that widened the hips and distended the skirt sideways (panniers is the French word for large
  • baskets slung over the back of pack animals). The hoops were so wide that women had to gothrough doors sideways and would have to buy tickets for the seats on either side of her at theopera or theater. The skirts were much ridiculed by cartoonists of the day, and were evendangerous, as many women were burned by getting their enormous skirts too close to fireplacesor candles. Nonetheless, the style remained in vogue for nearly 60 years.CorsetsEurope and America, 19th CenturyCorsets originated in ancient Greece and were used off and on since the 1500s. But when a smallwaist became essential to the 19th century silhouette, women started tightening even more andbegan introducing their daughters to corsets when they were as young as eight. Theseexceedingly tight corsets led to misshapen bodies, miscarriages, and more, and doctorscondemned and blamed them for almost every female complaint they received. Womens Rightsadvocate Amelia Bloomer began criticizing corsets as well in the 1850s and called for new clothingstandards for women, those that would allow them to participate in sports and move around freely.She was largely ignored and corsets remained popular through the 1920s.CorsetsEurope and America, 19th CenturyCorsets originated in ancient Greece and were used off and on since the 1500s. But when a smallwaist became essential to the 19th century silhouette, women started tightening even more andbegan introducing their daughters to corsets when they were as young as eight. Theseexceedingly tight corsets led to misshapen bodies, miscarriages, and more, and doctorscondemned and blamed them for almost every female complaint they received. Womens Rightsadvocate Amelia Bloomer began criticizing corsets as well in the 1850s and called for new clothingstandards for women, those that would allow them to participate in sports and move around freely.She was largely ignored and corsets remained popular through the 1920s.Straight ChemiseAmerica, 1920sWhen American women finally got the right to vote in 1919, they decided it was time for a fewother changes as well. They cut their hair, threw away their corsets, and started dancing the nightaway in their figure-obscuring straight chemises. This new freedom was so radically different fromthe constraints their Victorian mothers and grandmothers knew that it literally sent shock wavesthroughout the western world. It also allowed clothing manufactures to successfully mass-producewomens clothing for the first time since the chemise did not require the customization that clothesworn with corsets did. The womens ready-to-wear-industry was born.(c) Diana Pemberton-SikesFashionForRealWomen.com
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