Fashion

La Modes à Longchamp

The races at Longchamp marked the end of the Parisian social season and like its English counterpart–Ascot–it was the place to see and be seen and also to show off the latest summer fashions (the races at Auteuil was where Parisian couturiers showed its autumn modes). Toilettes féminines aux courses de Longchamp, 1911-1914 – La …

Continue Reading
Etiquette

Being a Perfect Edwardian Hostess

Being a good hostess was an important role of the Edwardian woman. By keeping a good home and making guests welcome she could advance her husband’s career and increase her own social status. Parties were a huge undertaking, even with servants and the hostess was expected to have planned everything down to the tiniest detail. …

Continue Reading
London

Going to Market in Edwardian London

London goes to market at Covent Garden, the one district which is astir early. Six o’clock is late and at eight the bargain hunters begin to be seen. At ten the garbage is being swept up and picked over by street combers, and before noon this heart of old London is deserted. The actual area …

Continue Reading