Over and over we've shown you caricatures (like the lady and her ambitious hairdresser, right) of the outrageous fashions of the late 18th c. – an era that really sets the standard for over-the-top style. This video by our favorite folks at Horrible Histories doesn't really stray too far from what was actually being worn in London around 1770. We do admit, however, to being mystified by the carrot earrings. Has anyone else every come across those in their reading, or are dangling root vegetables just a HH whimsy?
Right: Ridiculous Taste, or, The Ladies' Absurdity, M. Darly, London, 1771
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.