After the French Revolution a man’s costume was severely elegant worn by dashing gallants in cravats with women emulating the classical purity of Greek statues
In 1833 the dahlia was decreed a ‘florist’s flower’ joining a list of those suitable for developing the fine English art of fashionable flower arrangement
Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.