Tuesday, February 7, 2012


The way how we dress often supplement - or even replaced -by various kinds of body decorations such as tattoos, piercing and make up. Historically, the designs used for painting, tattoos, and scarification were often symbolic or magical.
By 18th century, in Europe and America, women's body shapes were most dramatically changed by wearing hoops and panniers, and padding over the the bottom called "false rumps." Men used padded calves to make their legs look better in breeches, and men and women slimmed their waists with stays.
Both men and women used a toxic paste of white lead to whiten the face, then reddened their cheeks and lips. Eyebrows were carefully trimmed into shape or, in some cases, shaved off and replaced with fake eyebrows made of mouse fur.
Patches made of black silk or velvet in many shapes were worn on the face to highlight the beauty of pale skin. They were probably used originally to hide smallpox scars.
In 1770 a law was passed in England to punish women who lured men into marriage by using too many false aids, such as wigs, make up and padding to make themselves look more beautiful than they really were.

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