|The challenges for each day this month!|
Yesterday's challenge was extant garment. I thought it would be fun to combine that with today's challenge: Fave Friday: Favourite Era. I've done several posts featuring my clothing collection, and several of my posts deal with my favourite era, it this will be a fun opportunity to unabashedly focus on it.
Though I have a great love for many eras, my favourite is the 1910s. I don't know if this stems from my preoccupation with the First World War, or The Great War, as it is known in the UK (a fascination which has haunted me for over fifteen years) or if the fashion merits alone would have caught my eye.
The 1910s is often credited with drastic change from the beginning of the decade to the end. Certainly the early teens is softer, more feminine, with a hint of that Edwardian gentility still evident in the styles:
|From The Modern Priscilla, January 1911|
By the mid-1910s, the style had definitely loosened. It began to move away from the ornate, and a mannish military look was in evidence, which is no surprise, as War always influences fashion.
Blouses and skirts. More simple and practical. From a 1915 Gimbel's Catalogue reprinted by Dover books.
So, what is it about the 1910s that I love so much? I think it is that balance between femininity and practicality. It isn't over-the-top like late Victorian fashion, nor yet as utilitarian as the 1940s (also influenced by war). Plus, they knew how to use buttons in both a useful and decorative way.
An original blouse from the mid to late 1910s, and a skirt from around 1917.
Notice the lovely tassel detail from the blouse? Also my fabulous London Oxford's from American Duchess.
Some more detail of the blouse.
This is a dress I made from a reprinted 1917 or '18 dress pattern.
A skirt and blouse I made from Wearing History patterns, paired with a modern cardigan.