ANOTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY CRAZE—THE GRECIAN BEND.

ANOTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY CRAZE—THE GRECIAN BEND. This article by Rebecca Onion in Slate from a year ago (April 3, 2013) describes an important fashion trend in the 19th century: the Grecian Bend. It was a fashionable way of standing and walking. The lady bent forward in an exaggerated way. The contemporary drawings accompanying Rebecca Onion’s article show what looks like a 45 degree bend from the waist. The posture was related to the bustle, which left a great deal of heavy material gathered at the middle of the lady’s back. This wikipedia article quotes from one of what were apparently a number of songs about the fashion.

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One Response to ANOTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY CRAZE—THE GRECIAN BEND.

  1. Molly says:

    I was just about to link to your last post with something related to the Grecian bend when I saw you’d posted this. I stumbled upon the 1905 walk, which includes some lovely imagery. I wonder when weird walks stopped being a fad? Twerking doesn’t count. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qiAeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=g44EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2501%2C7061409

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