I am
that fine line
that divides
what is feminine
from what is
That fine line
that flushes
the fabulous
out the fickle.
The reflection
of what once was
in something else
that might
one day
be called
another new look.


All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

This is a Repost


20 thoughts on “THE NEW LOOK

      1. Jane Dougherty

        So much of women’s fashion has been torture. I read that somewhere about women having their lower ribs removed to make their waists tiny. Probably killed them in the end!

      2. deuxiemepeau

        And if not removed then literally crushed by daily pulling the corsets tighter and tighter! Skeletons have been found with broken ribs only from fashion! A bullet in a skull I get but a broken rib for a better body!!!!

      3. Jane Dougherty

        Hard to reconcile the beauty imperatives of ‘ronde’ and busty with a wasp waist without doing major internal damage!

      4. merrildsmith

        I have read that, too. I’m not sure if it’s true or not. Given the state of surgery at the time, I imagine they could easily die of infection. They put earlier versions of corsets–18th century– on both boys and girls to improve their posture. But I agree about the torture–think foot binding and all sorts of horrors.

      5. Jane Dougherty

        Yes, anyone voluntarily having surgery in those days must have been desperate to look gorgeous! Foot binding was disgusting, but extreme high heels are ridiculous and dangerous too 🙂

      6. Jane Dougherty

        Men have made themselves look silly through the fashion ages, but I don’t think they have ever done themselves physical harm!

  1. merrildsmith

    Everything old is new again. I like how it looks like the mannequin on the left looks like she’s about to tell off the one to her right. (Well, that’s what it looks like to me). 🙂

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