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  1. Everything has become pretentious, flashy, the architecture is worse, morals have fallen.

    This description perfectly fits the 19th century. Compared to him, everything became less pretentious, less flashy, morals rose. That's why people stopped behaving like they did in the 19th century.

  2. Or maybe that's just the naturalness of being given a little “shouting”, so to speak? The sanctimonious mores of the bourgeoisie, which reached their peak in Victorian England, could not last long, and human nature broke out. Already in the last decade of the 19th century, there were a lot of scandals and sexual intrigues among the British intelligentsia, so it seemed that everyone was going crazy. In the society of that century, there were many pitfalls and skeletons in closets. The concept of “morality” was different depending on the social group. If some respectable bourgeois girls were embarrassed to be examined by doctors, and it was carried out on dolls, then in the working-class quarters this reigned… I would throw off my favorite picture from Martin van Maele, but I'm afraid the answer will block. Or you can take a look at the drawingsHeinrich Zille It is true that there is already more than the beginning of the XX century, but before the First World War there was no particular difference with the 1890s. But hard workers and rural residents could still afford the almost inaccessible luxury of high society, such as a love match with a man of about their own age. Those same prim ladies in crinolines were, in fact, objects of property, and purchase and sale; it was common when a respectable uncle of 50-60 years (but a general, or a rich man) took a girl of 16 or even less (see the fate of Tatyana Larina from Eugene Onegin). The top-hatted gentlemen themselves had to wait for some capital to come along, but they were not immaculate lambs at their advanced age. It was normal to lose one's virginity in brothels, as well as to visit them regularly.

    Fancy? Here are modest ladies ' outfits in the 1860 area:

    And here are some fancy modern clothes:

    The trends of the 19th century in men's clothing, which tended to become more simple and modest, reached their apogee only in the 1940s and 50s, when even proletarians began to wear jackets with trousers. And then everyone just got tired of it, and realized that there are more practical and comfortable clothes. In any case, until the eighteenth century before last, our twenty-first century is still far away.

    The architecture has become flashy, or in the sense of “worse”? Here is the modest Palace of the Opera in Paris:

    But the XX and XXI centuries are also opera houses:

    The first picture is from Sydney. Locals like it, if anything; it has even become the main symbol of the city. Below – Harbin.

  3. And why exactly in the XIX century? And not in the XVIII? Not in the XX? Here's what I'm getting at. If we start from aesthetic categories, and I understand that the claims relate to them, then we should start from such concepts as harmony and taste.

    From an American detective story I read in my youth, I still remember: “I was considered a gentleman when I learned not to wear brown shoes with a blue suit.” But times change and tastes change with them. It does not matter whether the hair of a modern young lady is dyed green, blue or carrot color, it is important how she is dressed, what she is wearing, what forms she has, so to speak, posture, gait, look, etc. And if the listed aspects are in harmony with each other, then it is beautiful, but there is no trial. And I suspect that in all ages someone dressed with taste, and someone vulgarly.

    And in architecture, there was both the presence of harmony and taste, and the absence of such. In any of the European palace and park ensembles (Versailles, Schoenbrunn, Sans Souci, Petrodvorets, etc.) you feel like in a small personal paradise, but no one will live there now-it is ridiculous and uncomfortable, because it is inharmonious from the point of view of modernity. The French Opera house, built by the architect Garnier (see the illustration given by A. Wise), which perfectly fit into the style of Napoleon III at that time, remained harmonious until a hundred years after its opening, Marc Chagall was commissioned to paint its interiors (the French also sometimes change their taste). And I, by the way, will always remember the sincere delight of my friend, a Spaniard, a civil engineer, who first came to Moscow on business in 1993, “Stalin's skyscrapers”. And in front of the creators of the 828-meter Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, if I wore a hat, I would definitely take it off. A masterpiece after all, there's no other way to say it.

    And if we perceive morality as a harmonious combination of good and evil, then here the proportions, in my opinion, also do not change significantly. With the growth of the World's population, the number of both increases, which means that the balance is still maintained.

    Don't be sad. Before the end of the world, we still have some time to enjoy the beauty and harmony of this world and be embarrassed by its imperfections. And, by the way, let's not forget that the ugly is the same category of aesthetics as the beautiful.

  4. Fashion trends change every year. If you haven't noticed, everything always repeats itself: history, fashion, shoals.)) I am sure that in a couple of years people will dress and behave like in the nineteenth century.

  5. The critique of morals did not begin with Cicero's ” O times! O morals! “and from the appearance of the first man (Genesis 3: 7).” And they were ashamed of their nakedness, and sewed bandages of fig leaves.” People tend to be ashamed of their animality. This is because of the duality of man. I'm an animal. But I am potentially a higher being. I see myself through the eyes of this Supreme, the eyes of God. We are tormented by conscience, a sense of sinfulness. This is all Higher in us, sorry, it itches.

  6. New businesspeople are trying to make new brands, and old generations often don't understand this. Therefore, clothing changes because of the people who produce it, in general, fashion is a random need, which is different for everyone and each person dresses differently.

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