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Costume Component for Women Edwardian Period (1914-1918)

Costume Component for Women Edwardian Period (1914-1918)
Tamanna Islam
Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University),
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: tamannaislamnila@hotmail.com


As many corsets now ended below the bust, some additional support was required. A new garment called a brassier solved the problem. A combination garment that put together a camisole and skirt that buttoned under the crotch to form drawers was called camiknickers. This garment was especially popular as skirts grew shorter. Undergarments were not so popular costume component for women compare to present period.

Undergarments for women (1914-1918)
Undergarments for women (1914-1918)

Daytime dresses:  
One- piece dresses were still preferred over two- piece coat dresses, either single or double breasts and belted or sashed at the waist were popular.

Daytime dresses for women 1914-1919
Daytime dresses for women 1914-1919

*Silhouette: During the wartime years the silhouette of women’s clothes grew wide and skirts grew shorter.

*Bodices: The fit bodices was easy, waistline were defined, often with loose- fitting belts.

*Necklines: Often V – shaped or squared, some necklines were edged with sailor collars.

*Sleeves: These were generally straight and fitted.

Sleeves for women (1914-1918)
Sleeves for women (1914-1918)

*Tailored suits: Even more popular during the wartime years, some tailored suits had a distinctly military look, jackets were long and belted at or slightly above the natural waistline.

*Blouse: Special features that were worn with skirts included.

  • Sleeves and yokes cut in one
  • Leg-o-mutton sleeves
  • Medici or standing collars with open or round or square neck at the front.

Evening Dresses:
Daytime and evening dress lines were similar. Waist-line placement tended to be slightly higher than the natural waistline. Skirts were full, with many having tiers of varying length. At the neck the décolletage might be filled in with flesh colored or transparent fabric sleeves were short or to the elbow.

Evening dresses for women (1914-1918)
Evening dresses for women (1914-1918)

Outdoor Garments:
Coats grew wider to accommodate wider skirts. One popular style had a full back, others were full but loosely belted.

outdoor garments for women Edwardian period (1914-1918)
Outdoor garments for women Edwardian period (1914-1918)

Hair and Headdress:

Hair: During the wartime period, hair was worn closer to face and shorter. More women tried permanent waves.

Hats: High rather than wide, hats were smellier than before the war, made with and without brims and often worn with face veils.

Foot Wear:

Stocking: Dark stocking for daytime, but pale for evening. Rayon stocking were introduced as an alternative to silk.

Shoes:  High- buttoned shoes with spats kept feet warm in cold weather.

Footwear for women (1914-1918)
Footwear for women (1914-1918)



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