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March 1, 2011


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One thing I'm noticing about these illustrations is that many of them are quite short. Is that to facilitate dancing, or is it a property of these being costumes, or both?

England... or Britain? Using the Union Jack I find barely acceptable; but the Standard of Scotland and the Prince of Wales plumes put this costume beyond the pale. Grr! Rawr! Hulk Smash! etc.

This is of course an old and honourable misinterpretation of the various acts of Union, even after the Scotland Act (1998), the Government of Wales Act (1998) and the Good Friday and St Andrew's Agreements.

The short dresses are characteristic of fancy dress costumes. It facilitates dancing, but ballgowns in general are not short. It's the Victorian version of going wild in costume. :)

Yup, I noticed that. "Standard of Scotland" is pretty much Not England by definition.

Susan: OH SNAP! Now we're getting SAUCY, showing our ankles and all.

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