Fashion

The Well-Shod Edwardian Woman

It is to the influence of the motor-car and of the hobble skirt that we owe the marvellous array of delightfully pretty boots and shoes that now form an essential part of the well-dressed woman’s toilette. The Parisienne, who has always made a particular point of clothing her feet daintily, favours boots as a rule, …

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Lucile by Lady Duff Gordon

“I loosed upon a startled London, a London of flannel underclothes, woollen stockings and voluminous petticoats, a cascade of chiffons, of draperies as lovely as those of Ancient Greece and drapes skirts which opened to reveal slender legs…I showed the world that a woman’s leg can be a thing of beauty, instead of a ‘limb’ …

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Flapper Lingerie!

One thing I anticipate about Downton Abbey’s third series? The lovely 1920s lingerie. Corsets haven’t been entirely banished, but gone are the layers of Edwardian undergarments and in with the step-in, or envelope chemise, the brassiere and bralette, tap pants, knickers, teddies, and camisoles. In response, I’ve put together an Etsy treasury of 1920s lingerie …

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