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May 1st 1921 cover for the Smart fashions and Limited income themed issue.

Illustration by George Wolfe Plank

May 1st 1921 cover for the Smart fashions and Limited income themed issue.

Illustration by George Wolfe Plank


“The Battle for Bobbed Hair” Photoplay Magazine, June, 1924
The Battle for Bobbed HairPhotoplay Magazine, June, 1924

Evening coat by Liberty & Co, 1900-25 London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pink satin evening coat or wrap, cut in kimono style; collar and cuffs of white satin embroidered with pink silk in conventionalized floral design; lined with white satin. Front trimmed with white satin buttons wrapped with pink thread and pink tassels. Label: “Liberty and Co., London and Paris”

Evening coat by Liberty & Co, 1900-25 London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pink satin evening coat or wrap, cut in kimono style; collar and cuffs of white satin embroidered with pink silk in conventionalized floral design; lined with white satin. Front trimmed with white satin buttons wrapped with pink thread and pink tassels. Label: “Liberty and Co., London and Paris”

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth


Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:
"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink." Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth

Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:

"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink."
Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

Ad for McCall Quarterly by Irving Nurick, 1928 (UK publication)

Ad for McCall Quarterly by Irving Nurick, 1928 (UK publication)

fantomas-en-cavale:

L’Art et la Mode, 1921

"The old costumes of our provinces inspire us with new ideas"
Left to right: Berichon (from Berry, a former region in central France), Breton (from Brittany) and Alsatian (from Alsace)
I think these are supposed to be modern interpretations of traditional provincial dress, shown in a more accurate way in the bottom left corner.

fantomas-en-cavale:

L’Art et la Mode, 1921

"The old costumes of our provinces inspire us with new ideas"

Left to right: Berichon (from Berry, a former region in central France), Breton (from Brittany) and Alsatian (from Alsace)

I think these are supposed to be modern interpretations of traditional provincial dress, shown in a more accurate way in the bottom left corner.

Evening dress, ca 1922 - Bust is 117cm/42in, about a size 20 UK/16 US or (in plus sizing), 18 UK/14W US.
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Evening dress, ca 1922 - Bust is 117cm/42in, about a size 20 UK/16 US or (in plus sizing), 18 UK/14W US.

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(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.
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(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.

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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.
(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.

(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

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Day dress, possibly by Jean Patou, 1935 France - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.
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Day dress, possibly by Jean Patou, 1935 France - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.

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Cocktail dress, early 1930’s - Bust is 32in/81cm, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 102cm/40in, about a size 18 UK/14 US.
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Cocktail dress, early 1930’s - Bust is 32in/81cm, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 102cm/40in, about a size 18 UK/14 US.

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