The other day, my wife and I for the first time in many many months had the time to sit down and enjoy a movie in the evening. We opted to watch Timeline, the film adaptation of Michael Chrichton's book featuring historians sent back to 1357 France. What struck me once again while watching the film was how much better the characters all looked in their mediaeval garb versus modern. After watching them for most of the film dressed as mediaeval peasants, they look rather like "bums" in the final scene where we see them back on their archaelogical dig.
Here is another good shot of their mediaeval garb:
I must say that the change (for the worse) in women's clothing over the centuries is the most striking. Another example snapped by myself at the Tower of London offering further proof of my thesis that even the most basic peasant clothing of the mediaeval period was more gracious, dignified, and even functional than what we must wear today:
Now someone's sure to ask me what solutions I have to offer. My answer: the tag on this post is "musings", not "answers"! In seriousness though, while I may have a certain affinity for the past, we cannot relive it. But maybe we can get some ideas. In any event, I think it also gives me some further insight into why I prefer science fiction and fantasy genres over all others.