fashion slander 1886
The following infamous slander upon ladies who attended the Centennial Hop in this city, appeared in the Louisville Truth of October 10th. If the author of the same would only show up in this city we think we can safely promise him a first-class coat of tar and feathers or a sound thrashing: Ladies in search of startling novelties in dresses for evening wear would have profited by a visit to the Centennial hop given at the Capitol Hotel, Frankfort, on the evening of theGth. One of the most noticeable costumes was made of a thin, loosely-woven material, which showed up a form divine every time the fair wearer would get between you and the light. It was a "Mother Hubbard" of the purest stripe, without the faintest suggestion of a belt, and was suspended by small straps over the shoulders. Had it been worn so as to cover the upper portion of the body the lower limbs would have been exposed to the cold gaze of a critical public; and had it on the other hand reached to the shoe-tops the wearer would have been minus any covering above her waist. It looked more like a satin coffee-sack with arm-holes cut through it and hung at half-mast for some ltist love. Another much-noticed imitation of a dress was worn by a visitor, and the best description I can make of it is the one given by a lady, who said: "Miss did have on a piece of a dress when she camo in, but I do believe she has danced it all off." Another bello wore a winding-sheet of white, draped; iu true Japanese fashion, and amused herself by casting shy glances at her feet through the inner folds of her garment. The chestnut-bells might have been rung with much propriety on some of the chestnut belles who not being able to dance insisted upon monopolizing the floor, thus barring those who could the opportunity and pleasure. The ball was a great success, but thero was ouch a jam that was impossible until quite late.