For us, and me, it seems very strange to say that any bespoke suit would be uncomfortable to wear weather the armhole is cut high or low, as long as it's not too high, and let's not forget to mention; too low.
Naturally a tightly fitting coat would put more strain on personal adjustments than a rather baggy and loose coat bought off the rack for comfort but if that's not a challenge that we tailors can meet, then what's the point in even discussing the matter at hand?
And let's not forget; sometimes comfort and mobility is not always an absolute value, but something that is in clear relation to what we've learned to get used to and to what we expect.
I don't know why it seems strange. Back then, even if the clothes were couture or bespoke, they were not cut with the comfort of women in mind; they were cut so women could be as decorative as possible, and the women who could afford those clothes were not working 12-hour days. Any woman today wearing hand tailored clothing that she is paying for from her earnings is working very long days. Even the Ladies Who Lunch don't dress as formally as they used to during the day. It's neither comfortable nor practical.
I believe that comfort should be considered a paramount value in the design of women's clothes. Comfort is awfully important to men and I can't think of why women would be any different. People who don't have to wear the clothes should avoid being swept up in an extremely misguided sense of nostalgia. If tailors can't make clothes that are beautiful, functional, durable, and reasonably comfortable, what's the point, especially at today's prices, and with such abundant, lower-priced competition?
When I look at women's clothes, I consider more than aesthetic appeal (and I don't find these outfits appealing. They look awfully dated, and sort of sad, with the need to over-emphasize the woman's femininity.). I look at the cost to the woman in terms of comfort, dignity, self-image, as well as the literal cost of the clothing. Women are not dress-up dolls.
Edited by tailleuse, 04 January 2012 - 02:14 PM.