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Fashion During the Early 1900's

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Fashion During the Early 1900's

Fashion: Women
- Women's fashion became more focused on curves.
- The ideal image for women during this time was "The Gibson Girl," created by an illustrator for Life magazine named Charles Dana Gibson. The Gibson girl was defined as being a post Victorian era girl who wore daringly tight corsets in order to create an hourglass figure or the "S Bend."
How the Edwardian Era Changed Fashion
- After Queen Victoria died, the Victorian Era of fashion ended with it. A new King = A desire for new Fashion and Lifestyle.
- The Edwardian Era was an era of luxury and opulence.
- Dresses were elongated at the back to form a train and the skirts curved outwards to make the behind appear full.
- Unlike the Victorian Era, the Edwardian Era fashion focused more on comfort and less restriction, while still appearing mature and sophisticated.
The Edwardian Era Events
Queen Victoria died in 1901, her son, Edward the 7th, becoming King.

- In 1901, the first set of Nobel prizes were awarded.

-President William Mckinley is Assassinated in 1901.

- The Teddy Bear is introduced in 1902.

- The first silent movie, The Great Train Robbery, was shown in 1903

- The Wright Brothers make the first ever flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

- The New York City subway opens in 1904

- Kellogg's starts selling cereal in 1906.

- The first electric washing machine is created in 1907.

- Ford introduces the Model-T in 1908.

- Plastic is invented in 1909.
Social Classes
Upper Class
- The upper class embraced leisure sports, which resulted in a development in more mobile and flexible clothing.
- Women did not usually work, resulting in them dressing more elaborate than Woman in the Working class.
Working Class
- Buying clothes was a struggle for working class families.
- People in the working class usually had only several different articles of clothing.
As clothing was expensive, Women usually made clothing for their families.
- Women in the working class had to adapt their wardrobe to the changing roles outside the house.
- The did not wear gowns with sweeping trains and gathered over skirts.
- They wore a more simple silhouette and Blouses, Interchangable bodices, and skirts became popular.
- Large hats were very popular, decorated with bows, feathers and beading.
- Women wore a shawl for many years, but gradually it was replaced by capes, wraps and jackets.
- Gloves, Parasols and small, dainty strap bags were taken when going outside.
-Hair was wavy and pinned up.
-Hair pieces were added for extra volume.
- Hair clips that were made of tortoise shell were popular, as well as feather hair pieces.
- When wearing makeup, the desire was to look pale.
- They applied enamel (a white face paint with white lead in it. We now know that this paint was toxic.
-Rice powder as applied over top along with rouge on the cheeks.
The strained their lips with Geranium and Poppy petals.
- Women wanted to bring the main focus to their eyebrows, so the used eyebrow pencil.
- Men wore simple ties, Ascots for formal dress during the day, and White bow ties were worn for evening dress.
- The upper class wore top hats with their formal attire.
- Bowler hats (Derby Hat) were soft felt hats that were rounded. These were also commonly worn.

- Men had different coats for different occasions, as well as different times of the day.
- During the winter, men wore knee length top coats.
- For formal da wear, men usually wore a high buttoned waist coat.
- Pants were shorter and tighter then they were in the Victorian era, and they had pleats and cuffs.
- Shirt collars were tall and stiff, and shirts were done up at the back.
- Children were dressed as miniature adults.
Popular Textiles
- cotton
- lace
- linen
- velvet
- wool
Velvet and wool were used to create heavier garments for the winter, while tulle, and lace were more commonly used in the summer.
- Women's clothing tended to be softer colours and emboridered or beaded with detail.
Thank You for Listening!
1900's Fashion. (n.d.). LoveToKnow. Retrieved January 14, 2014, from http://mens-fashion.lovetoknow.com/1900's_Fashion
Fashion In The Edwardian Era: Part I - The Ladies Treasury of Costume and Fashion. (n.d.). Fashion In The Edwardian Era: Part I - The Ladies Treasury of Costume and Fashion. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/articles/view1900.html
History of Fashion and Dress- The Edwardian Era. (n.d.). History of Fashion and Dress- The Edwardian Era. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://www.maggiemayfashions.com/turncentury.html
Short History of Womens fashion -1900 to 1969. (n.d.). Glamourdaze. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://glamourdaze.com/history-of-womens-fashion
Vintage Fashion Guild : Fashion Timeline : 1900 To 1910. (n.d.). Vintage Fashion Guild : Fashion Timeline : 1900 To 1910. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://vintagefashionguild.org/fashion-timeline/1900-to-1910/

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