1900 Brown and Cream Silk Dress  - Courtesy of bctreasuretrove.com

Fashion Timeline : 1900 to 1910

Sunday, June 03, 2012

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


1910s burlesque bra - Courtesy of  poppysvintageclothing

Fashion Timeline : 1910 to 1920

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Shape and silhouette constantly evolved. More radical styles like the hobble skirt and the lampshade skirt each enjoyed their moment in the sun. The Edwardians became more playful and innovative, taking an interest in asymmetrical draping techniques. Considerably less boning was used in bodices and boning was now solely for supporting the shape as opposed to changing it. Suits were fashionable for daywear and walking was eased due to a really big fashion happening –


1920s silk & Point de Venice lace dress  - Courtesy of bctreasuretrove com

Fashion Timeline : 1920 to 1930

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

World War I ended and euphoria was the order of the day. Fashion responded by dropping waists to high hip levels and dresses became unfitted. While some gowns retained the design complexity of the Teens, the trend was toward Simplicity. Simple bodices, shaped using only a few tucks or shirring at the shoulders, or a little gather at the side seam reflected this new freedom. As the decade began hems lines perched above the ankle


 1930s satin crepe & sequins gown  -  Courtesy of noblesavagevintage.com

Fashion Timeline : 1930 to 1940

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Great innovations in fashion were seen during the Depression despite the economic hardships of the time. The abbreviated, linear forms of the 1920s quickly gave way to sinuous shapes and longer hemlines. Waistlines returned to the natural position, while remaining relaxed in fit. Designers experimented with new cuts and new materials. For evening, the bias cut gown was favored (as created by Madeleine Vionnet) in silk velvet or silk satin. Synthetic fabrics such as rayon


1940s Adrian Original gabardine suit  - Courtesy of thespectrum

Fashion Timeline : 1940 to 1950

Monday, February 17, 2014

By the time the United States emerged from the Depression, Europe and much of Asia were already at war. Paris under Nazi occupation was a disaster for Haute Couture and one that gave great opportunity to the growing fashion industry in the United States. Women who were deprived of the latest fashions from Paris began to look to homegrown talent. Designers such as Norman Norell and Claire McCardell soon built a following. Mainbocher and Molyneux


 1950s Will Steinman dress  - Courtesy of pinkyagogo

Fashion Timeline : 1950 to 1960

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Dior’s 1947 New Look had symbolized a new hope and by the 1950s both the hope and the style were fully embraced. Hems fell and hems rose but the hourglass silhouette remained. In addition to the full skirt, slender pencil skirts were worn too. The emphasis on silhouette and form created a dependency on foundation garments – bullet bras, corselets, waist-cinchers and girdles pulled in, pushed out and persuaded while crinolines lifted and shaped full-circle


1960s screen print dress  - Courtesy of vivavintageclothing.com

Fashion Timeline : 1960 to 1970

Monday, August 30, 2010

The 1960s were greatly transitional. The decade opened with a continuation of the 1950s silhouette but ten years later the look was the virtual opposite. In the U.S. in 1961 John F. Kennedy took office as President, bringing with him a beautiful, young and fashion-inspiring wife as First Lady. Jackie Kennedy’s innate sense of style and dress soon made her ‘Queen’ of American fashion. The American designed short-jacketed sheath suits (at which U.S. based designer


1970s Gunne Sax dress -  Courtesy of vintagedevotion

Fashion Timeline : 1970 to 1980

Monday, March 17, 2014

The 1970s can be called Decade of Decadence, the ‘Me’ decade and the decade of excess and androgyny. Women emerged in the work place tenfold. Pantsuits, day wear, and separates with a sense of masculine style as echoed in the film ‘Annie Hall’ created a sensation with Diane Keaton wearing a fitted vest with a collared white shirt and men’s neckties. Skirts could be seen in a variety of lengths, mini midi or maxi! The


1980s asymmetrical dress  - Courtesy of vivavintageclothing.com

Fashion Timeline : 1980 to 1990

Friday, March 07, 2014

One word comes to mind when you think of the 1980s: BIG. Overconsumption, oversized and just plain over-the-top were cornerstone features in this decade of excess and materialism. It was a time of abundance, optimism and unabashed greed. Shoulder pads returned to fashion in a super-sized version, and the “power suit” reflected women’s emerging status in the workplace. The term “Yuppie” was coined as an acronym for the Young Urban Professional who was a career


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