Dresses, Fashion and Societies that rule…

I’m talking writing and research today. Over the month of August I’ve been writing the sequel to the first historical romance I wrote. As I was researching various historical things for that I came across a brief reference to a group of ladies who were opposed to corsets, bustles etc.

In their own words: 

The Rational Dress Society protests against the introduction of any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movements of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health.

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My curiosity and imagination were sparked…

What if…

What if my heroine appeared to be a frilly, empty-headed social butterfly… who secretly hates all of that, and joins the Rational Dress Society, as well as likes to design and create things out of metal–just to be interesting.

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Why not? In a fictional world anything is possible!

What interesting tidbit have you picked up while researching? Or, what interesting thing have you seen and thought ‘hey, someone should use that in a book!’ 🙂