Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remember When . . . The Skirts Slimmed?

Time for a fashion break! This time, some of the beautiful pieces from the early 20th century.

Edwardian styles are, interestingly, inspiring modern designers, thanks to the influence of Downton Abbey. And for good reason. They're sooooo pretty! In the early 1900s, the bustle of the late 19th century had disappeared, and skirts had slimmed. And while the corset for the most part remained a staple of life, a few influential designers decided that a woman's natural figure was to be desired and began introducing clothes that tossed the corset out the window. Freedom!

Take a look at some of these gorgeous clothes...

Evening gowns, 1911
Hand-embroidered/beaded, layered tulle dress, c. 1910
Satin/tulle dinner gown with metallic embroidery, c. 1912
Floral tulle dress with beaded/embroidered panels, c.1905
Evening gown
c. 1900 Liberty & Co velvet burnous
And the unmentionables... ;-)

Maybe next week we'll look at the wide variety of hats, from extravagant wide-brims to the predecessor of the cloche of the 20s, in style during the Edwardian period. But for now, my boy-o's begging for breakfast...


  1. Those ARE beautiful. Would love to see hats!!

  2. I love the burnous! (Burnous - that's a new word for me.) What a lovely color of green!

    1. It was a new word for me too, Rhonda. =) But this one is sooooooo gorgeous, I agree!

  3. Those top two are my favorite! And, wow, that's some hot underwear... :)

  4. There are times I wish we still wore clothes like this! They're so lovely :)