Jenny La Fleur
looking to the gentlemen - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
looking to the gentlemen
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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 28th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Were they called banyans before they were called mantuas. That is the bit I'm confused on...
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: January 28th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
I think so - that's what I always understood, anyway. I have postcards from art galleries of men in them in the 1660's. It wasn't till after the Edict of Nantes (1670?ish) that women got to to be able to make their own clothes, and when they adopted the banyan to make it into a dress. Interestingly the definition of banyan is given in my OED as later than mantua1725 and 1707! However, Randall Holmes in (I think) 1687 defines mantua as a loose robe worn by women.... So your guess is as good as mine, but certainly the paintings indicate that the male version came before the female, no matter what it was called. Here endeth this week's history lesson - sorry!
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: January 28th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC) (link)
See Wikipedia for a couple more pictures and museum references for men. I'll see if I can find the women's ones I have - might take a while - we're back on thw "tidying the house" thing again!
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