The Fashionable Mamma,—or—the Convenience of Modern Dress

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In The Fashionable Mamma (1796), a viscountess seated in an antechamber nurses her baby, held by a nursemaid, through convenient slips in the fabric of her draping dress. Following the morally lax fashion of loose, draping fabric ironically convenes to proper motherly love, which itself ironically convenes to aristocratic a la mode nursing practices. The contradiction's ironic convenience denies the potential to regiment the mother’s domestic and social responsibilities into separate categories, rather figuring them as complimentary ones.