a model to envelop: retrofitting the hoop skirt
the origin of women’s dresses in the 19th century:
“Dresses increased dramatically to the hoopskirt and crinoline-supported styles of the 1860s; then fullness was draped and drawn to the back by means of bustles. Dresses were generally one-piece garments from 1800 through the 1840s; after that it became common for a dress to be made as a separate skirt and bodice, and many dresses had a “day” bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an “evening” bodice with a low neckline (decollete) and very short sleeves.’
a. how many times have you had to wear a large fancy gown to some intrepid formal function and wished that you could crawl away into somewhere so that you didn’t have to be there anymore?
b. wouldn’t it be interesting for instead of to find a way to be able to wear nature, and then fully envelop yourself in it, or have it consume you?
c. what are they many functions of a tent, and how can those be incorporated into a skirt for everyday usage?
concept example: Tent Skirt from Climate Change Preparedness Center [apparently a Harvard startup that may or may not exist anymore?]: ‘This attractive skirt has two components: a crinoline underskirt opens into a mosquito net, and an apron-style overskirt becomes a tarpaulin with grommets for optimal positioning. The well-prepared nomad can distribute the weight of her tent for daytime travel in style.’
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