Friday, June 3, 2016
A Day In Forest Park
Most of our day Wednesday was spent at the History Museum, which if some of you are not aware, is located in Forest Park. And this time by the word "we" I am meaning my sister Julia instead of my husband John. I have had a wonderful week with my sister instead of John, as he has been quite busy setting up our new computer - which has proven to be a rather challenging and frustrating task for him. Now I am giving it a go, what with writing my first posting on the new device, and it has proven to also be quite a mountain for me to climb. I am sure that with time I will look back at my first days with this computer and simply laugh.
But on to the little black dress, which became a fashion statement, other than for mourning, at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the twentieth century. Women started wearing dresses of that color in industrial cities to hide the dirt and grime. Dresses also became shorter to save fabric and to help the war effort. In 1922 Emily Post wrote: "Nothing really can compare to the utility and smartness of black". In 1926 Coco Chanel gained fame for her little black dresses. By the 1960s the younger generation had taken over the style, and thought nothing of wearing black as a suit or a dress; to wear it for an evening out or for a day in the office.