So much ink has not flowed on gender, as on the sex of fashion. So many cloth revolts, satin crepages, silk conflicts, hem wars, headgear antagonisms, not to mention accessory discord. Fashion is a minefield where propriety and appearance are born and die. A field of power too. And not least.
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In the Middle Ages, wearing clothes of the other kind was punishable by law. And the Old Testament does not prevaricate on the question: "A woman shall not take a man's garment and a man shall not take a woman's garment; for he who does it is abominable before God." (Deuteronomy XXII, 5). There were exceptions. And many - Joan of Arc in the lead. And if the commandment seems so iniquitous to us today, we must not forget that it prevailed for several centuries. During the Revolution, women still could not wear trousers. A text entitled Ordinance concerning...
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