Monday, August 31, 2015

JC Morrows Talks About How History Dictated Women's Dress

Today we are treated to a guest post by author JC Morrows.

I have always been fascinated by ancient styles of dress. I actively joke that I might have been born in the wrong century. It is my personal opinion that women look better when they dress in a feminine manner. No, I do not believe that women should only wear skirts or dresses. There are many women who dress in pants and manage to look very feminine doing so.

However, I myself prefer skirts over pants and certainly over shorts... and one of these days I intend to own a wardrobe filled with dresses and gowns that reflect our history – which I will wear eccentrically.

Unfortunately, I do not write historical novels as well as I write speculative fiction... so I found a way to incorporate my love of historical with my love of speculative in my new series: Order of the MoonStone

A bit of back-story that has only been touched on in the story itself...

In “A Reluctant Assassin” our main character, at one point, thinks about a painting she has seen in the city's museum and the mystery that it brings to mind. A young woman is shown wearing pants... not something any young woman in their current society does.

Kayden has no idea that – after World War IV, the second Civil War, and constant attack from various warlords and dictators – the House of Fortine stepped in and offered the masses relief – in exchange for a throne.

One of the massive changes the Fortine family put into effect, upon taking power, was fashion. The Fortine family were fans of the Victorian style of dress so that was what the people were forced to adopt as well; the most significant change being that women were required to wear dresses or long skirts from then on.

By the time Prince Dvarius is in line for the throne, this style has become so widely accepted, no one even remembers that women dressed another way, and due to the widespread destruction, very little evidence remains to show the people how their fashionable history actually played out.

From what I understand, this is more historically accurate than I actually intended it to be. Many times, the ruler of a nation or empire directly affected the clothing and fashion of the subjects.

Isn't it interesting how history does actually repeat itself... even in fiction?

JC Morrows – writer of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan.
JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop.
She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 KJV