The art of the kimono
From Dreaming Spies:
There are many, many layers covering a Japanese woman, which goes far to explain the lack of heat in the houses. I doubt many women here managed without assistance, but I did not even try, merely stood with my arms out and let the maid push me around and bundle me like a doll.
When we first meet Mary Russell, back in The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, she is wearing one of her father’s old suits and a cloth cap. Clearly, that’s not going to do in Japan—or, not the whole time she’s in Japan—but she’s nothing if not a good sport, and she permits herself to be wrapped in garments that might have been specifically designed to keep a woman under tight (literally) control.
When Holmes walks in wearing the male equivalent of her formal garments, Russell does let slip a rather bitter comment. But she keeps it on anyway.
My upcoming events are here.