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1900s Dresses (click on image to see more detail)

The Beginning of the Edwardian Era

As the Victorian era drew to its close, skirts for both day and evening were elongated at the back to form a train. The skirt’s silhouette was slim at the hip, achieved with pleating and smocking. Any fullness in the skirt was confined to below the knee. Decoration was applied using large and small tucks, hem ruffles, buttons and lace insertions. For day, ladies wore very high necks and the bosom was undefined with fullness over the boned bodice that would often drop to below the waist. These pigeon breast or monobosom bodices often featured wide cape type collars that dropped off the shoulders. Sleeves were generally fitted from shoulder to elbow from where fullness would extend to the wrist. It was not unusual to see a double-sleeved effect, which featured a small, gathered under sleeve revealed at the wrist.


Evening dresses were more daring and were worn off the shoulder, with or without sleeves. The Edwardian era began mid-decade and initially took a retro step, delighting in small balloon sleeves and very nipped-in waists last seen in 1895. Skirts, although full, were rounded and fabrics were soft and allowed to drape. It was de rigueur to wear a wide sash or cummerbund.


The retro look quickly faded in favor of the revolutionary designs of Paul Poiret. He quickly became the most prominent fashion designer in Paris. He showed slim, straight skirts and insisted on fewer undergarments. Due to his decrees, the high boned collar disappeared and women’s corsets were loosened, allowing them literally to breathe a sigh of relief. This new freedom made it possible to sport a higher-waisted look and Poiret’s empire line was popular. Most representative of the period were the amazingly detailed and superbly constructed gowns. These gowns featured lace, cord work, appliqué, soutache, beading, tucking and insertion – very often on the same gown! The great Haute Couture houses of this golden era include Worth, Doucet, Lanvin, Boue Souers, Callot Souers, Paquin, Lucile, and Fortuny

Credits:  The Vintage Fashion Guild

Chronologically down and then top right column down and repeat.

1896 to 1900 House of Worth Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1900 House of Worth Label Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1900-02 Lord and Taylor Evening

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1900 Jeanne Hallee Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1900 Jeanne Hallee Label  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1900 Jeanne Hallee Afternoon Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1900 Maison Laferriere

 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1900 to 1903 Raoul Lafontan

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1900-03 Jacques Doucet 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1902 Jacques Doucet Evening  

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1902 day dress, Maison Laferriere 

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1902 Womans dress in two parts, Jean-Philippe Worth 

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1902 Womans dress in two parts, Jean-Philippe Worth 

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1903 Jacques Doucet Afternoon

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1903 Jacques Doucet Afternoon Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1903 Chezar and Pillman

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1905 John Redfern 

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1900 to 05 Jacques Doucet Visiting dress 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1905-07 House of Paquin Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art

1905 Terhune of NY Afternoon Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1905 Liberty designed for Forma
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1905 House of Worth Evening  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1905 Jeanne Hallee Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1901 to 1905 Jeanne Hallee Label  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1905 Lucille 
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1906 to 07 Jeanne Hallee Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1905 to 07 Jacques Doucet Label Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1905 to 07 Jacques Doucet Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1907 Womans evening dress (in two parts), Jean-Philippe Worth from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1907 to 08 Jacques Doucet Label  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1907 to 08 Jacques Doucet Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1908 Evening dress | Jays Ltd 

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashionable Londoners in front of Harrods, 1909. The trailing skirts and broad-brimmed hats of mid-decade are giving way to narrower dresses and hats with deep crowns. Men wear top hats with formal morning dress or bowlers with lounge suits.

1908-10 Jacques Doucet Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art

1909-11 House of Worth Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1909 to 10 Callot Soeurs Evening Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1901 to 1910 Mesdemoiselles Bausart, Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels

1909 to 11 Mrs. Dunstan Dress Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

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1900s Fortuny Label 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

1909 Mariano Fortuny Delphos

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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