Do you remember the moment from Scarlett's book when the main charachter said the phrase "I will never be tightened again, I will never wear a corset. I'm Scarlett O'Hara, an Irish woman in a loose skirt?"
By the standards of those times it was very courageous, and even indecent act of the obstinate Scarlett. Men nearly fainted when instead of a rigid corset their hands touched her "naked" waist.
Shot from the film "Gone with the Wind"
Women have always tried to break out of the confines of their society. Waving a sword and hitting a machine gun on the battlefield were not their prerogative, so they used weapons that were at their fingertips, they shook men and rivals with their revealing, and sometimes obscene outfits.
For example, the Russian Empress Elizabeth II was the owner of slender beautiful legs. She wondered how to show them to the whole court. At that time short skirts were out of question, she made a tricky step, and brought costume into fashion. Men came to the ball in women's skirts, and women dressed in men's suits, legs in tight pants. Under this pretext she showed her graceful and beautiful legs. Historians say the Empress was the only one who didn't look ridiculous at the ball.
Empress Elizabeth II
Mistress of the French King Louis XIV Marquise de Pompadour did not need an excuse to wear dresses with the deepest and most revealing cutouts, thus showing beautiful breasts. No one dared to contradict the woman of the Sun King, and she used that with pleasure. The courtiers were angry, whispering behind her back, indignant at her "depraved" by those standards outfits, but could not do anything.
Madame de Pompadour
Compatriot of Madame de Pompadour, the famous fashion designer Coco Chanel also was able to embarrass the society. She was a hater of corsets and a fan of men's clothing. The icon of style put on a suit of the rider, and sat down in a man's saddle that women could not afford. They were supposed to sit in a woman's saddle, hanging tightly clenched legs only on one side of the horse. "Don't show your face like this," asked her friend Balsan. Chanel didn't listen to him. That's right! This Frenchwoman made a splash in high society, causing admiration in men and even women. And her favorite vest, which was worn only by sailors? Chanel has made it an integral part of the wardrobe of almost all modern fashionistas.
Everybody remember the Marilyn Monroe outfit, or rather how she presented it in 20 century. Standing in a white pleated dress over the bars in the subway, where there was a strong flow of air, the actress casually showed her legs and underwear. The dress would not have become a cult, if not for Monroe's cunning. Clothes with the American armhole still do not go out of fashion.
By the way, many actresses repeated this trick with a random "nude". For example, Sophie Marceau, a French actress, with a falling strap, exposing her breasts, then the character of Sharon Stone in the movie "Basic Instinct" is impatient to change her position during interrogation and, what a horror, it turns out she forgot to wear her underwear. Brave? Of course!
In this picture, the French movie star is gracefully pulling the strap on her shoulder. Five seconds later, the public and the media would see her naked breasts. These photos can be found on the Internet.
Sharon Stone. Shot from the movie "Basic Instinct" .
Times and fashion had been changing so quickly that men's clothes on women and neckline have become something ordinary. And then the woman went on, in the hope to attract everyone's attention. Ladies didn't bother what to wear, they began to bother what to take off.
Madonna overtook everybody. In the 1990s, she boldly went to the stage in her underwear, making it the top clothing. Special kombidressy and bras with cone-shaped cups were created based on sketches by famous flamboyant designer Jean Paul Guest. It's now Rihanna and Miley Cyrus wear similar outfits everywhere. And Lady Gaga seems to be born in a bra like this.
Lady Gaga and her fiery bra
But in those days Madonna was the only one of her kind, allowing herself such frivolity. How many curses were thrown by old puritans in her address? I wonder what they would say now, when such bras can be seen on the girls walking in the streets.
Jennifer Lopez's revealing dress, which she put on for the Grammy Awards ceremony, by fashion designer Versace, at that time she made a lot of noise. Viewers and the media wondered how a star could dare such a deep cut.
But after a couple of months, the fashion for dresses like "cut to the navel", by the way, in the literal sense, swept around the world. Kylie Minogue and other stars of show business immediately hurried to copy the style of a famous singer.
Where has gone the time when women were pouring tears because of pain, inhaling in corsets or wearing gloves with hats, in 40-degree heat? It is history now. A naked ass, chest and navel are no longer something special, and no one is surprised. Only grandmothers who grumble at the sight of half-naked girls on the screen remind us that in their times everything was absolutely different.