It is singular that the Japanese, who rarely commit a solecism in taste in their national costume, architecture, or decorative art, seem to be perfectly destitute of perception when they borrow ours. Isabella married name Isabella Bishop Bird
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels on Horseback in the Interior1880 (published1885).
The same costume will be Indecent10 years before its time Shameless5 years before its time Outre (daring)1year before its time Smart Dowdy1year after its time Hideous10 years after its time Ridiculous20 years after its time Amusing30 years after its time Quaint50 years after its time Charming70 years after its time Romantic100 years after its time Beautiful150 years after its time. James Laver
Taste and Fashion, ch.18.
If the cardinal points of costume are Robes,Tato, Rig and Scunge, where are shorts in this compass? Theyare the never Robes as other bareleg outfits have been: the toga, the kilt, the lava-lava, the Mahatma's cotton dhoti; archbishops and field marshals at their ceremonies never wear shorts. The very word means underpants in North America. Les(lie Allan) MurraySearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Selected Poems,'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever'.
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