19-Teens/World War I (1914-1919)

1915 fashion plate from La Gazette du Bon Ton. Source: wikimedia commons' public domain

1915 fashion plate from La Gazette du Bon Ton.
Source: wikimedia commons’ public domain

 

The Great War (later known as World War I) started in July of 1914. During this time men were going off to war, and women were taking up jobs that they had not held before. Due to this change, there was a change in fashion toward more necessary garments, and gender-dictated codes were relaxed. During the time, the suffrage movement also played a part in changing the face of fashion. Also during the war, due to communications loss, the fashion capitol of the world shifted from Paris to New York. Fashion cues were taken from military uniforms (as also seen in prior eras), and Russian peasant dress with drop waist and free flowing tunic styles. Hemlines were raised from ankle and floor length to between the ankle and mid-calf, and the skirts took on a bell shape. By 1915, hemlines rose to mid-calf, and by 1918 the fell back below mid-calf. Around 1919, longer dress, clean lines, and a natural waist was all the rage.

Recently, this era has become a bit of an obsession for me, and I have plunged in head first. Below are my project pages for the ear, listed in order of completion.