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A House of Worth Evening Gown

A House of Worth Evening Gown

The Chicago History Museum has over fifty gowns from The House of Worth in its collection. Katy examines their 1890s evening gown.

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Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat. 

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Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Kelly takes us deep inside this Belle Epoque jacket - a lucky garage sale find - to explore the complex 'engineering' behind late Victorian tailoring.

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The Grey Shirtwaist Study

The Grey Shirtwaist Study

Luthien delves deep into the guts of her gorgeous, late-Victorian, grey shirtwaist blouse to figure out its history and how the Victorian dressmaker made it.

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1890's Wool Suit

1890's Wool Suit

Dating this late 1890's wool tailored suit to a specific season and year, and finding the fashion plate that probably inspired it!

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Tales of the Duster

Tales of the Duster

Travel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Analyzing, in exhaustive detail, the construction of a lingerie dress from about 1904. Sunny dives into the finer points of a beautiful surviving piece of pure frou-frou.

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Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Oh, to be a wealthy American traveling to Paris to order a dress from Worth! These original guides discuss what it was like...

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Beyond the Cloche

Beyond the Cloche

In the beginning there was the Cloche, and that was the only truly fashionable hat in the 1920s. Or was it? Marion sets the record straight!

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A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

The Chicago History Museum has a collection of over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. Here Katy analyses a 1940s example.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mabel Pretty's family were famous in the early C20th as corset manufacturers. Julia researches and constructs a suitable 'Pretty' corset. 

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Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Mabel Pretty is an ideal figure for a 1914 living history event. Julia introduces the fascinating woman she will be dressing in this series.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 1

British VAD Uniform, Part 1

Following our series on a WWI Australian Nurse's uniform, Constance explores the British Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

Lorna continues to explore the process of recreating an Edwardian or WWI era nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques.

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World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

Fashion changed immensely from 1914-18 and there's a wealth of information to explore. Here's our pick of the best resources for your library!

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

Lorna plans the construction of an Edwardian nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques such as classic flat fell seams.

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WWI Mourning Suit

WWI Mourning Suit

Izabela recently acquired a lovely WWI-era mourning suit in need of just a little TLC to be wearable again. Here, she describes its construction in detail.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

2014's Centenary commemorates the start of the ‘war to end all wars’; the Great War of 1914-18. In a new series, Lorna introduces us to the brave nurses of WWI.

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A Fashion Icon for Tumultuous Times

A Fashion Icon for Tumultuous Times

Irene Castle's lean, pared-back style heralded the unencumbered, free movement that characterized jazz age women. Danine tells more about this groundbreaking beauty.

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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1912

Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1912

Janyce Hill has once again consulted her collection of antique magazines to pass on authentic, specific 1912 fashion trends & styles.

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