Purple Dresses, Red Hats And High School Musical: When Did Unique Become The Norm?

“When I am an old woman, I will wear purple/ with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.” For anyone who knows the Jenny Joseph poem, a wistful meditation on the liberation of aging, there are probably a hundred who are familiar with the Red Hat Society it spawned — the women-of-a-certain-age bonnes vivantes… »10/27/08 3:00pm10/27/08 3:00pm