FLASHBACK: Sleeves

January 6, 2009

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I must admit, occasionally I do indulge in vintage You Tube clips of classic soap operas. I was delighted to find Luke & Laura’s infamous wedding episode from 1981. Besides the notably long monologues and sweeping dramatic scenes, what struck me most about the episode was Laura’s GIGANTIC puffed-sleeved wedding gown. The absence of bare shoulders and arms in yesteryear’s bridalwear, got me thinking…

Where did the sleeves go? Where are the puffed ones, pleated ones, capped ones, slitted ones…dolman sleeves, ruffled sleeves…sleeves with shoulder pads, sleeves with crinoline, sleeves with fringe & epaulets? Have they been permanently abandoned and left in the 80s with Luke & Laura, Dynasty, and the royal nuptials of Charles & Diana?
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