Queen Alexandra (1890) with the fringe & choker she made fashionable
A lovely lady who I had the pleasure of working with brought in an amazing book to share a few months ago entitled 20th Century Fashion written by Ernestine Carter, a former editor of Harper's Bazaar magazine and tour de force as a writer of the history of fashion. What a treat it was!
Sarah Bernhardt wearing a pre cursor of the tea gown, 1876
It was laid out in a kind of scrapbook style, brimming full of images and outfits of bygone times with a concise overview of different eras; from 1876 to the 1980's.
I whipped down to the nerest photocopier and got as many copies of the pages as time would allow to share with you, and I will continue to post snippets of it over the next wee while, so keep checking back!
Today begins with a few pre 1900 images, when Kings and Queens were the trend setters. There was a correct outfit for every hour and every activity; with luxury and elaboration being the order of the day. I hope you enjoy!