Photos & Summary by Pat D
Laura Loew of Lost in the Past brought a lavish display from her private collection of authentic antique clothing, shoes, hats, jewelry, gloves, books, magazines, photos, parasols, undergarments and more. After she presented a wonderful PowerPoint program regarding the eras of fashion from the 1850’s to 1929 she pointed out many items from her display. She even had one of our members try on some items.
Some of our members dressed in antique clothing and hats and we had a drawing for several door prizes. Our members brought dolls, toys and artwork for display to represent the same periods which our speaker presented. Thank you Laura and all participants. It was all in all a fun and wonderful program, display and dress up day.
(For Cleveland Doll Club Members only)
1860 – 1929 Transformations of Fashion
Styles, construction, colors and silhouette were the most important features of fashions from the 1860’s to 1920’s. The younger you were the more you were into trends. Something which has not changed to this day.
Fashions of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras reflected your level of wealth and showed women as delicate flowers, objects of adornment. Fashions of the Roaring Twenties showed your modern, daring flair.
1850’s to 1869 Fashions, The Crinoline Period: Large hoop skirts; prop shoulders; pagoda sleeves; removable collars; piping in the sleeves; hourglass silhouette; hair parted in the center with snoods, bonnets and small hats. Materials consisted of stripes, plaids and calicos. Underneath were caged crinolines, a lighter way to poof out the skirts. Fashions were influenced by Queen Victoria’s court and House of Worth designs.
1870 to 1889 Fashions, The Bustle Era: Matching bodices and skirts; tons of bows, lace, buttons, ruffles, pockets, overskirts, trains; excessive jewelry; little bonnets with little hair curls. The silhouette was much corseted with slimmer caged crinolines and bustle cage.
1890 to 1900 Fashions, The Era of the Sleeve: Dawn of the shirtwaist; jackets with giant buttons; huge puffed out sleeves at the top and tapering down at the wrists; floor length flared skirts; capes for outerwear; hats more upright with feathers.
1900 to 1909 Fashions, The Pigeon Breast Era: High collars; long slim sleeves; bolero style jackets; tulip shaped skirts; lots of lace and ribbons; corset forcing the look of the “S Curve” or “Pigeon Breast” with a low waist; hats were tall with a projecting brim; hair swept up in a “Gibson Girl” look.
1910 to 1914 Fashions, The Titanic Years: Straight column silhouette; slim floor length skirts in solid colors; open collar area; walking suits; embroidery with Japanese influence; sashes and belts; large, wide hats; short sleeves introduced; upswept hair with a bun worn low on the neck.
1914 to 1920 Fashions, The War Years: Fabric conservation due to the war; tailored look; seeing ankles peeking out from long, slim skirts; walking suits; short or three quarter sleeves; hats with rounded crowns; bobbed hair; colors of taupes, greens, browns, grays.
1921 to 1929 Fashions, The Roaring 20’s: women are smoking, drinking and dancing; slender is in; dropped waist with a boyish, tubular silhouette; flutter hems just below the knee; fabric in florals and bright colors as well as metallic and beaded; legs, backs and arms are scandalously revealed; clouche hats with bobbed hair.