Michelle, Michael and April are students of Graphic Design at Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. This online journal will supplement our weekly lectures and will be kept up to date by all three team members.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The most interesting aspect of the Victorian era to me was its chauventistic treatment of women. During a period of time, in which Prostitution skyrocketed to an all time high (Estimated 8,000 prostitutes in London alone), it was very prudish and hypocritical of ladies apparel. It was considered taboo to show ankle or even say the word "leg" in public, but at the same time ladies wore corsets to enhance their bust lines and excentuate their hips. They also wore a carriage under their dresses to look like they have a buttocks suitable for a Sir Mix a Lot video. One aspect I don't see feasible, is that in an era of extreme prudishness, Women in advertising were almost always depicted as nude or highly erotic (Mainly in Europe). In my opinion, it was the overbearing moral contstraints of the time that led people left desiring something more... particularly prostitutes.