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  • Laver's law sets out the timeline for fashion:

    Indecent : 10 years before its time

    Shameless : 5 years before its time

    Daring : 1 year before its time

    Smart : ----

    Dowdy : 1 year after its time

    Hideous : 10 years after its time

    Ridiculous : 20 years after its time

    Amusing : 30 years after its time

    Quaint : 50 years after its time

    Charming : 70 years after its time

    Romantic : 100 years after its time

    Beautiful : 150 years after its time

    James Laver, famous costume historian and a past Keeper of the Robes at the London Victoria and Albert Museum, was a noted authority on dress and its relationship to society.

    August 2, 2010