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Costume for Women from the Edwardian Period and World War-1 (1909-1914)

Costume for Women from the Edwardian Period & World War-1 (1909-1914)
Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com


Costume for Women:
The quantity of underclothing worn decreased. Most women continued to wear corsets, even though Paul Poiret claimed that his designs liberated women from corsets. Then corset is used instate of bra. A narrower silhouette after 1909 required narrower petticoats & the princess petticoats which combined a camisole-type top with a petticoat into one, princess-line garment became popular.

2. Daytime Dresses:
Dresses were likely to be one-piece, although skirts, blouses & tailor-mades had also become a permanent part of women’s daytime wardrobes.

Oriental influences had become evident in the cut & draping of some styles.

  • Bodices: Although some vestiges reminded of the frilliness of the Edwardian period, bodice styles gradually simplified. Front- buttoned were used for many styles.
  • Sleeves: Generally sleeves were tight-fitting, ending below the elbow or at the wrist, with cuffs of contrasting colors. Some shorter, kimono-style sleeves showed the impact of Japanese styles.
  • Skirts: From 1909 to 1914 a narrow, straight skirt Predominated, but by about 1912 a number of different skirt styles of more elaborate construction had become popular. Hobble skirts were become popular. Some were so tight that a slit had to be made at the bottom to enable women to walk.
    Skirt during the Edwardian period
  • Tailored suits: Jackets were cut to below the hips, with an overall line that was long & slender. Narrow skirts were slit at the side or front.
  • Blouses:  Man-tailored shirtwaist blouses, complete with neckties & high tight collars, were worn with separate skirts or tailored suits

3. Evening dresses:
Empire revival & oriental influences were evident. Most evening dresses had tunics or layers of sheer fabric placed over heavier fabric. Trains were popular. Sleeves were short, often kimono style & sheerer fabric than the body of the dress.

4. Outdoor Garments:
For daytime coats were long or three-quarter length, some clothing at far left in sort of wraparound style. Evening coats were looser, cut full across the back & often with cape-like sleeves. Some elaborately ruffled capes were also worn for evening.

5. Riding Habit:
This suit, made by British maker, W. Volker, is an example of the side-saddle habits which women generally wore for riding until the 1930s, when it became more acceptable for them to ride astride.

Riding Habit during the Edwardian period
Riding Habit

6. Callot Saeurs:
This dress is called Callot Saeurs. It became much popular in 1911 in Edwardian period.

Callot Saeurs during the Edwardian period
Callot Saeurs

7. Titanic Era Dress:
It is Titanic Era Dress. This dress was also very popular in that period.

Titanic Era Dress during the Edwardian period
Titanic Era Dress

8. Hair & Headdress:
Hair : Less bouffant now, the hair was waved softly around the face & pulled into a soft roll at the back or toward the top of the head.

Headdress during the Edwardian period

Hats: Large hats included those emphasizing height, the toque style, or hats with turned-up brims. Face veils were popular. Hats were decorated with artificial flowers, feathers & ribbons. Hats are large in scale and lavishly decorated with artificial flowers, lace, buckles, feathers, and/or bird wings. Referred to as a toque, this hat is characterized as being a tall brimless hat that somewhat resembles a lampshade.

Hats during the Edwardian period

9. Footwear:

  • Shoes: Styles did not change radically, but shoes were more visible as hemlines raised. High-buttoned shoes or shoes with spats kept feet warm in cold weather.
    Shoes during the Edwardian period
  • Stockings: Dark stockings for daytime, but pale for evening. Rayon stockings were introduced as an alternative to silk.

Women’s jewelry Of Edwardian Period In 1909-1914:
Vintage Frosted Crystal Diamond Pearl 14k Necklace. This elegant necklace is done in the Art Deco style & features a frosted crystal plaque accented with a white gold flower basket set with diamonds & pearls. Neckless during the Edwardian period

Georg Jensen Chrysoprase 830 silver pendent & chain. This lovely Georg Jensen pendant and chain is one of Jensen’s older designs and was most likely made between 1910 and 1920. 

Edwardian paste 800 silver earrings. The lovely Edwardian ear earrings feature a bow with a paste drop and are Hungarian in origin.



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