Pretty in Pinkness // Queen Victoria

Print, 'Mademoiselle Fleury / La jolie Fille de Gande' The print is unusual in showing a dancer of the in a fashionable dress rather than a ballet costume.

1850 - fashion illustration

The trials and tribulations of an over-enthusiastic seamstress learning to create period-correct historical items and fashions

Title: Magasin des Demoiselles Date: Thursday, July 1, 1847 Item ID: v. 32, plate 44

1847 (July Magasin des Demoiselles / Los Angeles Public Library, Date: Thursday, July 1847 Item ID: v.

Anorexia flourished during the nineteenth century as women wished to exemplify their femininity. In denying food, a woman could truly be passive and become a weightless accessory for her husband. The physical and spiritual ideal of anorexia also became a status symbol for many women. Working class women had to eat in order to have energy to work. Thus, only middle to upper class women could afford it. Cures included being admitted to an asylum where women rested and were excessively fed.

Anorexia flourished during the nineteenth century as women wished to exemplify their femininity. In denying food, a woman could truly be passive and become a weightless accessory for her husband. The physical and spiritual ideal of anorexia also became a status symbol for many women. Working class women had to eat in order to have energy to work. Thus, only middle to upper class women could afford it. Cures included being admitted to an asylum where women rested and were excessively fed.

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