I write occasional articles on all kinds of subjects for various places, and the following information on women’s clothes in the 1900s is adapted from one of my pieces.
|The Changing Shape|
It was an elegant period for females. A woman’s hair was generally full and soft, often dressed in elaborate styles on top of the head in delicate waves. Hats became much larger and more elaborately trimmed, making the head top heavy. This extravagant style of clothes and hair was known as the Gibson Girl look. For the evening, plumes and bandeaux with feathers and jewels was popular, while added veils made an appearance for driving in the new motor cars.
|Hats and Lace|
|The Correct Corset|
Make-up is another fascinating subject in women’s fashion, but I’ll leave that for another day! I have several costume books at home, but one of my favourite research books is Decades of Beauty by Kate Mulvey and Melissa Richards. It’s a mine of information and has such beautiful photographs which show an even clearer record of women’s fashion. The above photos are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.