Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Edwardian Era Fashion Plate - December 1901 The Delineator

Edwardian Era Fashion Plate - December 1901 The Delineator

Figure 234B - Ladies' Evening Toilette - A waist and skirt are here united.

An artistic result is attained in this smart gown by the association of canary-colored Lansdowne, chiffon and lace, with garniture of chiffon ruches and ruffles and bands of applique. The bodice, for which the material was tucked and cut to give a diagonal direction, has a softly blousing front and backs that close at the centre and have slight fulness at the bottom. Low, square outline identifies the neck, and at the front an ornamental section is arranged. Roses are artistically grouped at the left of the corsage. Elbow sleeves in which openings are made to permit the arm to show are introduced, and a graduated frill gives completion. A ribbon belt is worn. A yoke facing may be arranged on the lining if a high-necked bodice be desired, and the sleeves may be in full length.

The skirt is a very graceful design in evening train length. It is of circular shaping, with a seam at the centre of the habit back. A narrow panel is introduced in the front, and over it is arranged an accordian-plaiting of the chiffon. A graduated, circular flounce is another feature, and the skirt is also adapted for sweep or round length. The new sloping dip is given.

A handsome development would be in pistache-green Louisine, with Irish point trimmings; another would be pink-amethyst crepe de Chine and self-colored Cluny lace with chiffon or Liberty silk for rosettes. White mousseline de soie over white Swiss taffeta will produce a dainty gown for the debutante. A sash of white satin Liberty will give a pleasing touch, and white roses may be worn.

Figure 235B - Ladies' Opera Wrap - A stylish wrap for ladies is here shown.

For theatre, opera and other wear a handsome wrap is considered an absolute necessity by the modern woman. The preferred modes are loose fitting and may be easily slipped on and off without crushing the gown worn beneath. At this figure a smart wrap is shown made of heliotrope brocaded satin, lined and faced with ivory satin and decorated with strappings of narrow black velvet ribbon and small gilt buttons. The back is circular and is seamed under the arms to the fronts, which are rolled back all the way. The hood is an attractive feature, and the Bonaparte collar is high and protective. Turn-over cuffs distinguish the loose sleeves, and curving pocket-laps conceal side pockets inserted in the fronts. A jabot of cream-colored lace is arranged at the throat.

Cream-white brocaded satin with cloth-of-gold facings will make a handsome wrap, and further decoration may be had by employing an edge of fur on the collar, cuffs and front edges. A less elaborate conception would be in mode French broadcloth, with blue and white flowered satin for contrast. Ox-blood red cloth would also develop well, and Nile-green satin might be used for the lining with panne velvet for the collar, cuffs and facing.

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