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Æstheticism at Home.

The “ too utterly utter ” school still flourishes at Home. The last jfashionable folly is yet running its coui'se. Recent accounts from London state that Du Maurier, the satirist of society in Punch , has not at all exaggerated the manners or the dress of the distiiples of Oscar Wilde, the founder of |he set. Lillies, sunflowers, china plaies, and peacocks' feathers, are still the j objects of admiration to those gifted individuals whose keen perception of the beautiful raises them so far above the vulgar herd. ./Esthetic millinery has become a distinct, and doubtless highly remunerative trade. The favorite colors a recent writer on the subject informs us, are peacock blue, in a dull shade, sage green, terra-cottarea, and bright saffron color. Most of the ./Esthetic ladies wear their hair cut short, and pulled out in wisps, to look like the personages in medioeval illuminations, while the gentlemen wear their hair long, and attire themselves in garments that naturally arouse suspicions; in the uncultured mind that are mentally afflicted. Says the London correspondent of an American contemporary, speaking of an aesthetic ball wjiich he was privileged to attend —“ Thejwearers of the wonderful robes posed abiout the room in a limp and backboneleis manner, leaning up against door posts or convenient pieces of furniture in attitudes more or less marvellous to behold, but all in the floppy stjfle. In fact, to be truly aesthetic, one must have neither backone nor back hair; cropped locks and a tendency to double up at the slightest provocation being essential.” The aesthetic nonsense is at present confined to the upper classes at Home, but will doubtless become the rage amongst the lower ere long, and probably will only be discarded by its originators when it extends to f.he servants’ hall, and begins to affecjt Mary Jane, the cook, and “ John Tijmmas,” the “ gentleman’s gentleman.” I

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Æstheticism at Home., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882

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Æstheticism at Home. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882

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