Man’s final aspiration in direction of dandyism gasped and died within the embrace of the inventory of Rely D’Orsay. Now, lady alone guidelines the roost of vogue, man is “ now not dressed however clothed,” and underneath female autocracy, costume, whose pursuits are extensively and publicly recognised, has reached a place of main significance. No extra are these pursuits represented in an undesirable nook of a month-to-month periodical, or within the letters of the city cousin to the nation cousin, or within the counsels of perfection signed by “ the previous lady.” They keep numerous journals established of their honour, and within the subject of Vogue England has risen from the ranks to management ; whereas a large plain of low cost choice opens to the proletariat the possibility to beautify their outer in addition to their underneath put on, which has emerged from the uncompromising confines of stiff long-cloth and Madeira work to the seductive limits encompassed by high quality garden and embroidery, allied to Valenciennes lace and tender ribbon.
As I write, Vogue appears a pleasantly reasonable factor, and the summer-day costume of white linen, with a broad-brimmed hat encircled by the floating veil, and the night costume of chiffon garlanded with chiffon, seem to justify my suspicion that “ no matter is, is true, on the earth of costume.” And, once I keep in mind that the “ image ” costume of to-day was the garb of conference yesterday,
I can hope that our bespangled nets and tinselled brocades will in the end be encircled with appeal from the halo of the bygone. Might it additionally, I pray, come to melt the toughest define of our leather-trimmed tweed and serge costumes of sport, and to train a benign affect upon our disproportionate figures and our perky toques !
OF BRITISH PEASANTS
WHILE looking out within the annals of the bygone costume of the peasant, probably the most democratic particular person is likely to be tempted to remorse the repealing of all sumptuary legislation. We’re grateful to-day to recognise the creative worth of the crimson tie of the masculine tiller of the sector, or of the colored handkerchief over the top of the harvest-woman, however, in these different occasions, the plains and the fields, the woods and the forests, have been the background for a individuals in courageous array, on which blue, crimson, inexperienced, and white performed conspicuous half. And never alone in color should their garb have been pre-eminently enticing to the attention, however within the simplicity of its make, the liberal show of white linen concerning the neck and the top, and the additional addition of colored lacings. These accomplished an impact of picturesque carelessness which can properly have been allowed to cowl a large number of sins of omission in private cleanliness.