Late marriage until they had the ability to survive financially
Because of this many would never marry
‘ Nuclear family’
Eliz. England mean age of marriage, women 26,men 28
Sharing of work: Agriculture, proto industry.
FOR THE GENTRY JANE AUSTEN: (Wrote the only real novel in history) Not a historical novel: a Chronicler of her times.
Story of the novel is Mrs. Bennet’s quest to marry off her Five educated daughters.
Today is reads like she was mad but her great concern was what would happen to the girls if they remained unmarried.
Certain Paintings at a certain time are very useful if we know the story. Renoir, Pierre-Auguste: Le Moulin de la Galette
1876 The girl in the striped dress in the middle foreground was said to be Estelle, the sister of Renoir's model, Jeanne. Another of Renoir's models, Margot, is seen to the left dancing with the Cuban painter, Cardenas. At the foreground table at the right are the artist's friends, Frank Lamy, Norbert Goeneutte and Georges Rivière who in the short-lived publication L'Impressionniste extolled the Moulin de la Galette as a page of history, a precious monument of Parisian life depicted with rigorous exactness. Nobody before him had thought of capturing some aspect of daily life in a canvas of such large dimensions.
WHILE ON THAT SUBJECT: STUDY OF CLOTHING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (14 years or 30 years?) (Artistic License)
ACCURACY OF CARTOONS IN WHO WORE WHAT AND HOW 1867 & 1909 - Dana Gibson Granddad & Rival Beauties
A way of behaving that is temporarily adopted by a discernable proportion of members of a social group because that chosen behaviour is perceived to be socially appropriate for the time and the situation. (Sproles, quoted in Curran 1991)
Louis XIV “Fashion is the ‘mirror of history’, it reflects political, social and economic changes rather than mere whimsy”
Lord Chesterfield - Dress is a very foolish thing and yet it is a foolish thing for a man not to be well dressed according to his rank and way of life.
On the face of it there appear to be two obvious reasons behind clothing, let alone fashionable clothing.
a) Warmth . However Tierra del Fuego early European travellers and natives, No clothes but backing away from fire perspiring heavily.
b) Modesty . Well many periods in European history not too modest with breasts falling out or handkerchiefs stuffed into underwear, codpieces and public exercise of bodily functions. It really does appear that modesty in dress goes hand in hand with culture.
But in our society today clothes and fashion play a much larger part in life than is generally recognised.
We dress up for interviews-why? There are norms of dress for various functions. However, even the person who says he has no interest whatsoever is affected by fashion.
Would the accused standing in the dock in his borrowed suit, wear something really out of fashion? Not talking about a three cornered hat here—he would not even wear the suit fashion of ten years ago.