Pussies Galore – The Character And Melania Trump’s Pussy Bow Collar

Okay, America, it’s time to knock off this feigned outrage that the word “pussy” is generating.  In non-slang nomenclature, a pussy is a cat.  For all James Bond fans, Pussy is the name of the best Bond girl character ever, Pussy Galore, the pilot in the movie “Goldfinger.”  (Readers can draw their own conclusions on the connection there.)

In fashion, contrary to the assertions of many a disgruntled commenter, a pussy-bow, or pussycat bow, is a specific high collar with a soft, floppy bow tied at the throat.  The term was coined in the 1930s, actually, and referred to the sort of bow that was tied around the neck of a kitten.  From Wikipedia:London_Fashion_Designers-_the_work_of_Members_of_the_Incorporated_Society_of_London_Fashion_Designers,_London,_England,_UK,_1945_D23781

In 1934, the St. Petersburg Times offered a pattern for an Anne Adams dress featuring a convertible collar which could be worn in four different ways, including as “an intriguingly feminine pussy cat bow tied high under your chin.”

As nothing in fashion is ever truly new, the pussy bow reappeared in the late 1940s, and again in the 1960s with designs from Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.  However, the most famous of the women in twentieth century history to wear a pussy collar as a regular feature of her wardrobe is instantly recognizable to all conservatives all over the planet.  Well over half of Lady Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe sported the catty attire.

Image: FILE PHOTO: Margaret Thatcher - October 13, 1925 - April 8, 2013. Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. British Conservative politician and first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher speaks at the Tory Party Conference on in Brighton, East Sussex circa 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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As it happens, the pussy bow was a staple in wardrobes all over America during the 1970s and 1980s.  This writer, and the other two women in the household generally had at least one in the wardrobe at all times for a number of years.  Then, in the 1990s, the pussy bow bowed out to make way for other styles.

 

Then, as all things old in fashion eventually become new again, in 2014, designers sent models down the runway sporting the kitten collars we now know as pussy bows.

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And THAT, my fellow Americans, is the style that Melania Trump so beautifully presented at the debate Sunday evening.  The pussy bow is on its way back into everyday fashion.  (It takes a few years for the runway styles to trickle down to the masses.)  Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, sported a pussy bow not too long ago.  Before too long, the rest of us will be wearing the darn things again as well.  (Doesn’t do jack for those of us with a lot of cleavage.)

So, now we know.  Melania Trump’s pussy bow collar was not made up.  It was brilliant.

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More on the history of the pussy bow from Vogue.



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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.

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