History of Women
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History of Women

High Fashion Harlots: How Prostitutes Changed Fashion History

Courtesans were the trendsetters of their day.

How Prostitutes Changed Fashion History
Paris Bordon, Venetian Women at their Toilet, 1545 | Public Domain

Today’s celebrities have it much easier than fashionistas of the past. One minute they can sashay on stage wearing a slinky black dress, and the next minute slip into a pinstriped pantsuit. Liberated women of the past had to strike a delicate balance between flaunting their…

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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com