Bizarre Fashion Trends

bizarre Fashion

Fashion, as glamorous as it sounds, has given enough pains to its fierce representatives in the past. Why is it that whenever you hear this word, the first thing that pops up in your mind is the image of a woman with clothes which appear to speak their own language?

Today’s fashion icons for women are mostly actresses and models donning designer outfits with the perfect amount of accessories and makeup as a tool to hide rather than highlight. There is one thing that appears to be common in their interviews that try so hard to decode their dressing sense and that is, their response to the question-‘what is fashion to you?’ Their answers be like-‘fashion is anything that makes me feel comfortable’ or ‘fashion is comfort.’ Is it? Was it?

This was another dangerous, but might I say, slightly elegant looking attempt to achieve an hourglass figure. Dangerous, because they were made so enormous that they would get caught in other people’s feet and knock them down while leaving the wearer in weird positions as even a simple fall was complicated by the use of crinolines.

Crinolines are actually stiff and framed petticoats which are made to hold out a woman’s skirt and make the skirts look extremely voluminous. Just as our bones provide shape to our body, crinolines provided body to the skirts. Except, our bones can never start a fire like these crinolines could.  It is estimated that, during the late 1850s and late 1860s in England, about 3,000 women were killed in crinoline-related fires.

Crinoline dresses were mostly made of inflammable fabric that could catch fire in no time and since there no easy way to out of such dresses, many women got severely burnt as their crinolines charred. Crinolines continue to be worn even today but not as frequently as they were back in the 18th or 19th century. However they do not predispose the ladies to dangerous accidents now.

 Tiny Lotus shoes

Foot binding is probably one of the most painful practices young girls of about 4 or 5 years were subjected to. Known to have originated in China in the 10th or 11th century this practise involved curling the toes inwards and towards the soles with immense pressure until they were broken.

The broken toes were held tightly against the sole of the foot while the foot was then drawn down straight with the leg and the arch of the foot was forcibly broken. Then bandages were used to wrap the feet as tightly as possible and sewn in the end so that they could not come off. All of this was done to shape the feet like lotus buds but in reality all that happened was the irreversible disfigurement of the lower limbs.

The strange reason behind this practise was that lotus feet symbolised wealth (women from wealthy families, who did not need their feet to work, could afford to have them bound). While lotus feet looked far from beautiful and healthy, the painful practise resulted in severe infections and gangrene. However this custom almost stopped for good by 1949.

So, it’s clear that women’s fashion, years ago, was quite torturous and not comfortable at all. Beginning from the head and right down to the toes, no part of the body has been spared. It is quite hard to believe the kind of ordeal women put themselves through (sometimes voluntarily) in order to live up to the unrealistic and potentially dangerous beauty standards.

Needless to say, women have come a long way as have the fashion trends which exist today