A Modern Veil

This pair of sunglasses depicts a modern way of covering ones face. Whether being used as a fashion accessory, for protection, or to help hide ones face, sunglasses are a modern way of veiling ones face. Unlike in the early modern Spanish world, sunglasses are widely accepted in today’s society.

Bass and Wunder’s article discusses the important stamp that the veiled lady (tapada) left on the early modern Spanish world. As cities became more crowded, the veiled lady of this time was considered unsettling, disruptive, and provocative. Veils were banned because it hid the social status of women and because people couldn’t decipher their intentions. Unlike in today’s society, in the early Spanish world people of high status didn’t like the¬†anonymity the tapada gave women.