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1900 - 1920
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The first decade of the 20th Century was called the Edwardian Period
after King Edward VII of England (Reigned 1901 to 1910).
Alexandra, consort of Edward VII,
King of Great Britain
Edward VII, King - A Royal Automobilist
Edwardian styles with an emphasis on
an “S” shaped silhouette were ascendant
from c. 1900 – 1908.
Undergarments supported this line.
Camisoles or Combination Suits
Not only did corsets shape the
body, but some corset covers
with attached ruffles provided
the desired full-bosomed
Visit the “Twentieth Century Silhouette and Support” virtual exhibit at the Met
The Gibson Girl, created by
Charles Dana Gibson,
personified the ideal of
young feminine beauty.
The white cotton or linen dress,
ornamented with tucks, ruffles,
and lace, resembled the frilly
lingerie of the period and was
called a “Lingerie Dress.”
Characteristic features of garments
• A high, boned collar
• Sleeves often softly gathered to a
wristband, called bishop sleeves
• Narrow waist, with a decorative belt
• A full bosom
These same elements were evident
in the popular shirtwaists and
skirts of the period.
By 1908 the line started to change.
New features included and
elevated waistline or Empire style
revival and the Hobble skirt 1908 –
The shape of undergarments echoed the new line.
Oriental influences were
evident in some clothing.
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Fashion Designer Paul Poiret, credited with making narrow “Hobble”
skirts popular, was a major influence on fashion.
Another important designer of the
period was Fortuny who was
know for pleated “Delphos”
dresses and handsome fabrics.
Elements of fashionable lines included somewhat higher waistlines and
more slender skirts.
By this time automobiles were coming into wider use, and men
and women dressed in “Dusters,” protective hats, and goggles as
they rode in open cars.
World War I began in 1914 and lasted until 1918.
Clothing became more practical.
Skirts shortened and widened,
clothing became less encumbering
as women took on more tasks
usually done by men.
Both day time and evening dresses were shorter and fuller. Military
influences were evident.
After the war styles changed again, taking on
more slender lines that served as a transition
into the next decade.
Bathing dress continued to become less encumbering.