So, I'm on a Jose Rizal Roll right now.
(taken from my Tumblr post.)
The man is an inspiration, and quite an impeccable dresser. Him, and his coterie of Ilustrados, I believe.
This makes me start thinking about a number of things: the environs and atmosphere at the time, the position of women in society during his lifetime, and how he would have influenced these and changed everything had he lived longer.
This brings forward another speculative idea: Rizal, Luna, Bonifacio, Mabini et. al. have successfully overthrown Spanish rule and the Church's iron grip on the public. The political and societal landscape of the Philippines in the l800's have drastically changed. Women now have access to education and critical thinking, are allowed to hold properties and jobs once thought exclusive to the masculine realm. Women now also enjoy certain liberties in terms of gender, choice, etc. How would this affect the Art of Dress in that period?
I’m verging a bit on Steampunk in the Philippines, gender symbols and clothing, and more. I still need to research and let my mind generally play around with the idea. We’ll see what comes out of this madness.
Note to self: Read his letter to the women of Malolos.