The dress, named the ‘Flapper Dress,’ is a black, semi-sheer or semi-padded, waist-length dress worn in the US by the Flappers, a women’s community for gay men. The dress is a symbol for women who have no access to clothing that is traditionally available to them in their communities and are working to make their lives better for their families.
Did The New York Times get any of this right? I can’t say for sure, but the dress did turn up in the photo gallery on the Times web page when I looked for it last week (I hadn’t noticed the blouse in the original story).
Here are some of the comments I saw:
I’m in NYC right now so the dress is in my closet and the picture doesn’t seem to have been taken in NYC – so the photos were taken outside. Maybe the photo’s photo in the original story is too low so I took one on the street? — John J. Breen (@Breenjohn) April 24, 2013
I was looking thru your article yesterday and did not notice the dress. That is why I am saying it belongs in another city. — Michael Krieger (@kriegerm) April 24, 2013
If this is how a bunch of NY Times reporters are seeing the world today, I am not sure how the world works… — Robert Young (@robertyoung) April 24, 2013
Well, it’s been interesting so far… Posted by Bill Lamm on Tuesday, 25 April 2013
Why would they have a piece of that story in the fashion section then? I’m not a writer, but why is the fashion section getting a piece of this story? — Michael Krieger (@kriegerm) April 24, 2013
Who knows, but I’m curious to see if there is a legal problem if it is in fact a flapper dress. — John J. Breen (@Breenjohn) April 24, 2013
The dress, which was described as, “A black stretch dress with a long train and high heels, the garment features a banded fringe, a ruffled skirt with a high heel, and strappy, strappy sandals with heels,” had a price tag of $2,000 on the vintage fashion site, A Brief History of Fashion on a website that appears to have been taken down. And the flapper dress was named an online fashion trend of April
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