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Clothing Beauty


How we dress is dictated by our society, culture, technology, and economic status.  It is also determined by who we are dressing for.   


In the past only the very wealthy or powerful could own an image of themselves, usually a painting.  These paintings portrayed not only the image of the person, but a commentary on how those individuals were viewed by their society.  Paintings sometimes depicted men and women as being pious, and often depicted men as being powerful.  Women and children could be portrayed as being beautiful in paintings.  By the Renaissance, the wealthier middle class were sometimes featured in paintings, dressed in their finest clothes.  When peasants were depicted, it was usually a romantically idealized rustic depiction.  Average folks just didn't look like this.  Photography changed all this.