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1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...

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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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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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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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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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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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1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 2

1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 2

Last month, Sunny covered how the lower half of the dress was patterned and constructed. This time, she examines the bodice.

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1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 1

1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 1

In our first Teens Double Period Project article, Sunny examines a fashionable striped wool dress from 1909 - 1914 in her collection.

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Forensic Costuming

Forensic Costuming

When making a costume, an extant garment is the ideal research source. Once you have one,  how do you analyze it?

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New Book Reviews

New Book Reviews

Looking for some last minute gift suggestions? Cathy reviews two new books from 2010: Fashioning Fashion and High Style.

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Whitework Embroidery

Whitework Embroidery

Is it Ayrshire, Madeira, Dresden work, Hardanger, Limerick, Carrickmacross lace or Broderie Anglaise? Know your whitework!

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The Mysterious Emile Pingat

The Mysterious Emile Pingat

Emile Pingat is one of the most mysterious and distinctive designers of the late C19th. Joy introduces this elusive couturier.

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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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Paul Poiret: A New World in Fashion

Paul Poiret: A New World in Fashion

Paul Poiret was known as the King of Fashion from the Belle Epoch to the Roaring 20s. Joy introduces us to one of the most important designers of the 20th century. 

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