Quite interestingly, here in this country, there is a problem with bare boobs.
According to Angela Mc Shane Jones from the University of Warwick, it was quite common for women of the 16th Century to bare their breasts in public.
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A dress designed by Inigo Jones to be worn by Charles I’s wife Henrietta Maria would have fully revealed the Queen’s breasts, if worn…”“…If her secret was betrayed, the country could be plunged into civil war.
There was no obvious heir, and Mary’s former husband was now Britain’s greatest enemy, Philip II of Spain.
He included the story as the final chapter in his book, Imposters.
Stoker had heard persistent stories that a coffin had been discovered by a clergyman at Bisley during the early 1800s, with the skeleton of a girl dressed in Tudor finery, even with gems sewn onto the cloth.
He has spent 18 months researching the conspiracy for his novel The King’s Deception, a Dan Brown-style thriller set in 21st-century London….”New research from the University of Warwick reveals that Queens and prostitutes bared their breasts in the media of the1600s to titillate the public, and that the exposure of a single breast in portraits and prints was common in portrayals of court ladies.
While Janet Jackson’s action of baring her right breast at the Super Bowl earlier this year was considered outrageous, such exposure in 17th century media wouldn’t have raised so much as an eyebrow.
There are so many aspects of it that are absolutely fascinating.
What people wear and wore is more than couture, it is about society.
Life was not all Jane Austen, who, BTW, appeared to be involved in a long-term lesbian relationship, spending summers at the shore with her friend.
During that time, it was the custom to swim in the nude, with both genders.
It was more a fashion reaction to the styles of the Regency and Empire period, which were originally of very light, thin, and often transparent material. Not long before the Battle of Waterloo, the most devastating volcanic eruption in in 1300 caused what was known as the Year Without a Summer.