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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

Sunny finishes her deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, with the bodice opening and velvet tabard.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

Sunny continues her examination and deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, focusing on the bodice and sleeves.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 2

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 2

Sunny continues her examination of a black velvet evening gown with many of the characteristics of Teens high fashion.

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Fashion Forecast July – Sept 1912

Fashion Forecast July – Sept 1912

Janyce gives us the fashion forecast for summer 1912, including wedding fashions drawn from magazines of that year.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 1

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 1

Sunny examines a very complicated early Teens black velvet evening gown with  many of the characteristics of high fashion in this era.

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1912 Bookshelf & Influences

1912 Bookshelf & Influences

What books would have influenced fashion choices for a lady of 1912? What dress advice would a "stout" lady have been given?

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Color Harmony in Dress, 1912

Color Harmony in Dress, 1912

You've been asking us for more information about using color and line in clothing, so we have hit the library and found the most relevant (and entertaining!) information from history.

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The Ragtime Years

The Ragtime Years

In times of rapid social and technological change, what people wear changes dramatically as fashion collides with reality. One such era is the early 20th century.

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From Court to Empire, Part 3

From Court to Empire, Part 3

Morgan concludes that Napoleonic Imperial Court fashions were more inspired by dead French kings than revolutionary spirit...

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From Court to Empire, Part 2

From Court to Empire, Part 2

Great political change is often mirrored by changes in fashion. Morgan continues to explore evolving French Revolutionary fashions....

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From Court to Empire, Part 1

From Court to Empire, Part 1

Of course, Napoleon couldn't dress like a deposed courtier. Morgan explores French high fashion from the end of Louis XIV to the fall of Napoleon.

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Fashions in Menswear, 1730-1760

Fashions in Menswear, 1730-1760

1730-1760 marked a transitional period in men's garments as fashion moved away from Baroque styles. Here's the rundown.

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Revolutionary Menswear

Revolutionary Menswear

Making sense of the vast array of shirts, breeches, trousers, waistcoats, jackets and coats, stocks, stockings, garters and cravats.

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The Essential Apron, Part 2

The Essential Apron, Part 2

As 19th and 20th century fashion and society changed, so did the rules for when, where, what and how to wear aprons.

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The Essential Apron, Part 1

The Essential Apron, Part 1

Aprons are basic items but can add an authentic feel to a costume. Polly explores the history and explains why we should wear them more.

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A Brief History of Eyeglasses

A Brief History of Eyeglasses

Many of us wear spectacles, so Trystan explores history of eyeglasses and offers some tips for wearing them with historical costumes.

 

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Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

This month on the Letters, Questions and Answers page we have:

Two requests for men's clothing articles (and the answer) Regency pinafores as seen in Jane Austen films: did they really exist? A free, globally available wealth of Regency fashion plates in full color What does Dickens mean by a "comforter" in A Christmas Carol?

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Paul Poiret: Thousand and Second Night

Paul Poiret: Thousand and Second Night

Paul Poiret's Thousand and Second Night gala was the precursor to modern fashion shows. Joy tells us about the fantastic event and its influence on Edwardian fashions...

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