Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Walking suit, ca 1914
(Left) Afternoon dress, ca 1917
(Right) Dress, ca 1918
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Girl’s dress by Jeanne Lanvin, ca 1916 France
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Hat from JW Robinson Co, ca 1917 US (Los Angeles), FIDM Museum & Galleries
Day dress from Harvey Nichols, ca 1916 London, FIDM Museum & Galleries
JW Robinson Co (usually called “Robinson’s) was a department store chain headquartered in Los Angeles, with locations across Southern California, Arizona and the Gulf Coast of Florida. It was founded in 1881 and closed in 1991.
Harvey Nichols is a department store chain with locations in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, Riyadh, Kuwait and Hong Kong. The company was founded by Benjamin Harvey in 1831 as a linen store. When he died the shop was passed on to his daughter, who entered into a partnership with Colonel Nichols, who sold luxury items such as oriental rugs and silk. The current London flagship was opened in 1880 and added on to in 1932. I don’t think they sell dresses like this today, but they totally should.
Day dresses, jacket and fashionable motifs, 1917 US, McCall’s Magazine
Couldn’t they have come up with a more flattering name for it than a “bowling pin skirt”? It’s like a couple years ago when they were trying to bring back drop-crotch pants by calling them “carrot fit”.
Mourning dress for women, teens and children, 1917 France, Le Petit Echo de la Mode
The elaborate rituals of public mourning were in decline by 1917, mainly because WWI had given people way too many reasons to mourn and because it was impractical for women, who were just beginning to enter the workforce. Previously, wealthy women were expected to buy a new wardrobe adhering to strict rules for full mourning, which usually lasted a year. Afterwards, this clothing just sat around taking up space until there was another death in the family. Women who could not afford to do this dyed their regular clothing black. I can’t find anything to support this but I imagine that people during WWI saw buying clothing you rarely wore as wasteful, especially since good citizens were supposed to be conserving fabric.
Evening dress, ca 1917 US, LACMA
Evening dress, 1916-18 France (probably), the V&A Museum
This silhouette was common in fashion illustrations and cartoons but not in real life.