So, I am very interested in historical fashion. I have been watching some films such as Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House - 1800’s situated movies. I am seeing a trend, in that it looks perfectly normal to expose cleavage. In one scene, every single lady at a party is wearing a dress exposing cleavage, a party of a rather high social class at that.
Considering the societies these stories took place in, where it was scandelous for a woman to flash ankle, it kind of feels like they just didn’t consider cleavage immodest. These dresses would not have been worn at a church, of course, but at a party or a gathering it was no biggie to expose the chest.
However, obviously cleavage is considered immodest today. So, if I were to wear a dress modeled after one from Pride and Prejudice, that is low-cut, would that be considered wrong? If I were to sew a dress, and for historical accuracy made the neckline low-cut, would that be wrong?
As a seamstress, I have no problem picking and choosing the dresses I sew to assure modesty in our culture as well as theirs. That’s what I am doing now; I make sure the necklines are high on all my designs. But for the purpose of conversation, and for the sake of history, what do you think on the matter?