The Country Gentleman, Volume 25 (Google Books)

To My MoTHER IN HEAVEN.”—A lady residing in the Rue de Rivoli, Paris, returned some time since from a visit she had made in the department of Finisterre, bringing with her a young orphan girl, poor, but very pretty, named Yvonne S–, whom she engaged as her waiting maid. Last month, a short time after her return to Paris, she died. When the body had been prepared for the coffin, and was for a short time left alone, Yvonne was seen to go stealthily into the room, lift up the shroud, and then hastily leave. The first idea was that she had taken a ring which, at the express desire of the deceased, had been left on her finger. On examination, however, the ring was discovered to be untouched, but a paper was seen attached with a pin to the shroud. On inspection it was found to be a letter addressed by the young orphan to her mother, who died two years ago, as follows: “My good Mother.-I have to tell you that M. B.-has made me an offer of marriage. As you are no longer here, I beg you to make known to me in a dream whether I ought to marry him, and to give me your consent. I avail myself, in order to write to you, of the opportunity of my mistress, who is going to heaven.” The letter was addressed “To my Mother in Heaven.” The person alluded to in the letter is one of the tradesmen of the deceased lady, who, having been struck with the good conduct of the young girl, had made her an offer of marriage.

The ladies of Paris, not content with dying their hair red, now dye their lapdogs to match the color of their dresses. Green dogs, yellow dogs, and sky-blue pugs are all the rage. Wealthy parties have sets of lapdogs of all colors. A purple lapdog would be an addition to a fine landscape


Redder than red

I guess the thing with natural red hair’s that it’s often more of a dull orange or red-brown colour but linguistically the naming varied. It seems in French, Russian, Irish, Polish, Ukrainian and Belarusian and to some extent, Catalan and Portuguese the word for red hair’s distinguished from red in general. (There might be some overlap in which at some point red-brown hair was called rouge acajou.)

But from personal experience, at least recently cheveux rouges pretty much means bright red hair. Actually it’s a colour so red it’s practically pink in some lighting. There are some people who do dye their hair with this colour. Plus I think with wool, though not always the case I get the impression of henna-dyed wool to be a dull orange colour.

(Some) madder-dyed wool being a nice red or pink. It seems parsimonious to say dyed wool can give a good idea of what some human hairs are like if dyed with madder. I still think if natural red hair’s often a dull orange or reddish brown colour, some madder-dyed wool seems like a nice dull pink. (Well if it were a bright red, it would be pink in some lighting.)

The problem with fast fashion

I still think when it comes to the history of fast fashion, there’s always going to be an imperative to follow the latest trends even when hand-sewn (as it was for centuries). If it had been the case since before, it shouldn’t be surprising that the need to catch up with the latest trends in fashion more or less necessitated greater efficiency in production.

There could’ve been tailors and seamstresses who tried to speed up production by using multiple needles on the same garment (I know this from experience). The coming of sewing machines would’ve helped it a lot and still does today. This was good news to emerging fashion companies as they needed a lot of clothes to be done soon.

Keep in mind some of the problems likely existed earlier. Considering the nature of slavery, there could’ve been people who made others do the dirty work of growing and raising fibre plants. Sometimes even weaving and sewing them for others. Fast fashion practically exacerbated many of the existing problems.

It’s like if you wanted to grow cotton, you need a lot of land to do so and take care of the plants as much as you can (cotton needs water but some like linen needn’t much). Employing many more people to do it for you needs much more land and resources being spent. This goes quadrupled if you add in dyes and castoffs.

Some of fashion’s problems already existed before. The thing’s that fast fashion more or less exacerbated many pre-existing problems, be it wastewater from dyes, clothing castoffs or the resources needed to nourish cash crops (especially clothing fibres) that when you multiply this, it’s going to strain things anyways.

Time to make clothes

From my personal experience with sewing clothes entirely by hand, it still takes time. The time to sew it and the time to sew it right enough. Going back and forth fixing little mistakes and trying to make it fit better. I suspect that’s also true for people who sew with machines and make clothes for others.

There’s also going to be the drive to get it done efficiently so, whether by working with multiple needles on the same garment (trust me, that’s been my experience) or with machines. Some fashion companies have been trying to refine this process to meet with market and consumer demands.

But it still takes time to make clothes, whatever material you work with.

Practical to fight in

I have a feeling when it comes to making some outfits truly practical by deriving real life inspiration, some might be this radically altered. Actually even if some wrestlers do pay homage to superheroes, such outfits may have to be altered to be doable in close combat. The same principle goes in sprinting, football and rugby where you get an idea of what the Flash would actually wear.

But that does make one wonder whether if some people’s points of reference is so narrow that it does miss out what an athlete would actually wear. Actually and parsimoniously, Black Canary could easily pull off what other wrestlers wear. I swear, some wrestlers do dress up like her without even trying.

It seems what’s practical in wrestling and to some extent, sprinting and football differs from what others expect it to be.

Something they found in

I still think that writer has a point about wrestler outfits. Actually it can also be said about whatever athletes wear. Though this depends on the given sport to whatever extent. It’s like the difference between a certain American football team where the women until recently wore rather impractical outfits considering they get into close contact.

Sprinters are excused as it doesn’t involve close contact at all. Wrestlers do have some protection, be it limb guards or masks (if they want to). I suspect if we were to draw those characters for inspiration, we get a good idea of what such a character would wear and what they would be in reality.

Besides there are female wrestlers who do wear tights (including fishnets) that Black Canary’s outfit might not be much of a stretch. There are even wrestlers who do dress up as superheroes (Flash, Carol Danvers among those I’ve seen) that wrestlers give the best idea of what such outfits would be like.

If not them, then dancers and probably even gymnasts. They also wear tight outfits. The more radical ones are probably footballers/soccer players, tennis players and the like. I suspect if Barry Allen’s caught dead dressing up like a footballer, that would be too radical.

Even if it does make sense running in shorts and special shoes rather than a catsuit and boots. But then again what’s practical in sports fashion may differ from what others expect to so.

Something like armour

I have a feeling when it comes to contemporary superhero costumes, there’s the aim of making them look more like military uniforms. Actually some army and police uniforms already do put on armour, this makes such sentiments and designs not much of a stretch. Especially when it comes to protection and the odd fact that most superhero costumes look terrible in the flesh.

If I’m not mistaken, somebody said that wrestling costumes do resemble superhero costumes but do blur the line between what’s sexualised and what’s practical. It’s pretty much up to the individual wrestler if they want to show skin or not but still have to be protective enough to avoid mishaps in combat. In fact those wrestling outfits are actually fought in.

Not to mention, unless if it’s in places that permit more modest clothing, they need to be breathable and allow the fighter to cool down. The wrestling costumes are good but I suspect the armour like outfits in superhero films have the pretension of belonging to government bodies (like armies and police) that it won out in superhero media.