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I Ain't Got Nobody 1916 - Marion Harris
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Prolific and popular dress designers came to the fore front. In Particular Haute Couture or French Fashion. An influential and talented designer was Paul Poiret of Paris.Designs were heavy supported by artistic fabric designs which were influenced by design movements of the time like Art Nouveau and by old Georgian silk wall fabrics, the Orient styles from China & Japan.

Ceylon & Indian form and embleshiments became a gaining influence too.


For gentlemen too the look became free-er.

Men were experimenting with fashion, which hether too was a prerogative of women only.

Old school Victorian top hats, spats, bow ties of all colours and patterns, boaters ( straw hat) small ties and turned down collars, sports coats , dinner suits and lapel adornments. Georgian cravats, monocles, pocket watches,walking canes from their grandfathers were mixed with, plus fours and trendy new styles of suits  from the continent. The sport coat or blazer was popular. And of course there were cloth caps and driving gloves for the modern motorist.

This was the modern fashionable man,

not afraid of fashion!


In the next decade women would fully embrace the slightly masculine look and men would mix & match items to show their 'feminine' creative side.

The 1910s saw  for the ladies the revival of the higher empire waistlines from the earlier Georgian period and the revolution of being bustle-less!

And the invention of the brassiere enabled women to be corset free!

The corset was losing its grip by the mid 1910s. And by the end of the 1910s skirts were much shorter, going from floor to ankle to mid calf in one decade, after centuries of floor length attire for women, this must have been liberating!

Which of course fitted the times with the arrival of The Suffragettes.Sexual liberation began in the 1900s, after the discovery ( or admittance) of the female internal orgasim by Phycologist Sigman Fraud in 1905 thus women felt verified and expressed new found open sexuality.

Andso, we had the creation of the 'Vamp' using sexy clothes and much much less of them!

New designs in clothes were given words like avante garde & bohemian which were associated with fashion for the first time

Women's fashions were more loose,

floaty and fluid, practical.

Trousers for woman or pantaloons were worn in the high streets for the first time too.

Fabrics were light and ethereal, adorned with embroidery, beads and other embellishments.

The look was subtle and pretty, almost Nymphe-like. And by the end of the 1910s fashion was emerging as an art form.

1910 Paul Poiret's Avant Garde Outfit
Paul Poiret Fashion Gallery
Example of 1910 Bohemian look
Kimono Dressing Gown
Continental fashions for men
This double breasted suit is from Spain 1918
1912 Men in Straw Boater hats
previously only worn by women!
Notice the turn down collars and long ties,
Women in Trousers!
Called Pantaloons, probably from Spain or South American, this New Yorker models them.
And below a suffragette shows off her 'battle gear'
1915 USA wedding, men in spats and top hats, notice the walking cane in a young mans hands!
Top hat, monocle,
turn down collar,
lapel jewellery, gloves,
3 piece suit, cuff links
1910s Glamourous
Evening Gown Gallery
1910s Everyday Wear & Lingerie
Typical fashionable Art Nouveau 
pattern for fabric
in 1910-14
French Silk Scarf by designer Paul Follot
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In the 1910s, hats were not as big as the previous fashion of Belle Epoche of the 1880s, women were liberated some what from neck ache!
By the end of this decade the hats took on a more bohemian flavour