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Fashions of the
Titanic Era

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   Page Preview (pdf) is not hard to conjure up dozens of lovely evening gowns at this height of the season when the dressmakers give their best enthusiasm to beautiful costumes for evening wear. The new materials for evening dresses are rich, large brocaded designs in silks, and satins and velvets are the season’s favorites, and there are beautiful though costly novelties in these weaves.

The Designer, November 1912

titanic cover This period, sometimes called the Titanic or Pre War Era, welcomed a new silhouette for ladies fashions. The shape of ladies’ gowns simplified and became columnar, bidding farewell to the Edwardian Age, a decade of very soft, feminine fashions epitomized by the Gibson Girl. The new fashionable shape of 1910 gave the body an upright, high-waisted, posture, aided by a new long, corset shape. The overall silhouette of 1910-12 is somewhat reminiscent of that of 1810 with its columnar skirts and hair piled on the head in wavy curls.
This book introduces fashions of the early 20th Century for ladies, gentlemen and children to aid in the design and construction of a period ensemble. Fashionable silhouettes for ladies changed year by year during the 1910s, with skirts getting either shorter or longer and fullness expanding or decreasing as women’s tastes and occupations changed. The early 1910s are distinctive in their narrow skirt shape in contrast to the later part of the decade when there was great fluctuation in the shape and length of ladies skirts.
Included are descriptions of the components of an outfit, including undergarments, accessories, hairstyles, headwear, jewelry and trims.

8 ½" by 11" high quality photocopy, with stapled binding
158 pages
100s of black and white illustrations
first published 2012
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