What are vertical body proportions?

Let’s talk about body proportion. What is included in the torso and what does it mean to have a long or short torso! When you start questioning what sentences like ‘proportionally longer torso than legs’ it gets you thinking, what does this all really mean?!!

In art the body is usually measured in heads. So you are measuring the body with the size of it’s own head. On average these days the body measures about 8 heads (including the head!).

The torso is the body not including limbs, neck or head. The torso (including the neck) generally measures 3 heads and the legs (including feet) measures 4 heads.

Now, if you think you proportionally have a different body to leg ratio it could be either of these possibilities:

Longer torso and shorter legs – your torso measure longer than 3 heads and your legs measure less than 4 heads.

Shorter torso and longer legs – your torso measures less than 3 heads and your legs measure more than 4 heads.

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From Left to Right: Short legs and long torso, standard body ratio of torso to legs, short torso and long legs

See the diagram: The center person is Miss Average with the 3 to 4 head, torso to leg ratio.  On the left is the longer torso and shorter legs and on the right you have the shorter torso and longer legs. All three are the same height and it is just the body ratios that change.

It doesn’t matter whether you are short or tall – you could be any of these three options.

The Fashion and Textiles Museum is Filled with Glamour

I thought I better get started on the list I made of exhibits to see in London.

So when I had an hour spare yesterday I took the opportunity to pop into the Fashion and Textiles Museum and see their current exhibition Belleville Sassoon.

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They had on display some great pieces throughout the times from Belleville Sassoon taking you right up to the current day with Mullany now at the helm creating patterns for people to make their own pieces.
1962 Cream embroidered dress
1962 Embroidered dress
1971 Hand painted Coat
1971 Hand painted coat
1989 Rose printed
1989 Rose printed dress with tulle skirt
They have some of the patterns on display and also some of the dresses made up.
Some Belleville Sassoon patterns
It’s nice to see the details of these beautiful dresses up close.
1998 satin corset with embroidery
1998 embroidered corset
Even if the styles are not to your taste (because they are very much of the style/fashion of their time) you can appreciate the luxurious workmanship that went into them.
2007 bias red dress2008 Pink crepe dress

2010 raffia dress

2006 Back red latice dress
2006 Red Latice dress: back view
2006 Red Lattice dress: front view
2006 Red Lattice dress: front view

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