Friday, April 7, 2017

Law and Fashion

One of the samples of  "Law and Fashion" interaction would be the 1634 law passed by the governors of Massachusetts. The sumptuary law was forbidding the colonists from making or buying any cloth with lace, gold tread, embroidery, or ruffs. Other unsuitable items included: large decorative shoe ornaments; beaver fur hats or showy feathered hats, thick garters, perfumed gloves, multiple rings or pearl necklaces.

In 1639 another law was passed. This law forbade colonists from dressing above their station in large breeches, broad-shouldered tops, ruffles, wide boots or silk scarves.

In addition, short sleeves and long hair worn loose were banned as signs of immorality.

The famous Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) is based on historic facts, including a 1694 law of Salem, Massachusetts, that forced adulterers to wear a capital letter "A" that was two inches long, made from different-colored cloth and stitched into the arms or backs of their clothing.

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