I was wondering how to approach this subject, and maybe someone has some advice for me. I participated in a mixed instrument recital this weekend. One of the young ladies who played was perhaps a Junior or Senior in high school. Her dress was lovely. It fit her well, was flattering, and was the right style for the venue and time of day; but I had a bit of an issue with it.
If we had been performing on the same level on which the audience was seated, it would have been perfect. However, the dais was five or six steps up from the floor which meant that the hemline on the adorable dress, which was about six inches above the knee, was a bit too short.
Granted, her modesty was never in danger, but I felt uncomfortable for her. Maybe that's just me being old. It's not the young lady's fault that Junior dresses are designed to be so short. But shouldn't somebody have warned her that one should consider a slightly longer hemline when performing on a stage?
The teacher was an older male, so I didn't want to broach the subject with him. It's likely that discussing hemlines isn't really on his radar. She did not have family or friends present, and I didn't know her personally.
Whose responsibility is it to suggest an appropriate hem length? Should somebody have prepared her for notion that one should consider the view from the audience? She's a seasoned player, so this is information that I would think she should have had by now.
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