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MSV Field Guide: 1910-1919

The impact of WWI on everyday life certainly extended to dress, as simpler forms of clothing were formed and evolved throughout the 1910s. Much like the pleated garments featured in this week’s collection, this decade focused on a tubular, natural silhouette which was less restrictive.

In the meantime, click here to re-visit last week’s post on the 1900s.

Themes Freedom / Wartime / Simplicity

Silhouette Streamlined

L-R: Haute couture at the Longchamp Grand Prix
Images from Europeana Collections via Mashable

Bodice Corsetry was used to support rather than shape, with a reduced amount of boning that benefited the spine and abdomen to create a more natural silhouette.

Sleeves Bat-wing and raglan sleeves were popular in keeping with the looser fit of garments from this decade.

Skirt The restrictive hobble skirt was a fad that made its appearance during the early 1910s, but otherwise skirts were often full and tiered for outdoor activities or cut fairly straight.

Hems Hemlines cleared the ankles most of the time, although mid-calf lengths were also preferred by working women for freedom of movement.

L-R: Images from Christine's 1910s Fashion Page

Necklines A V-shaped neckline was all the rage.

Bust The bust became less of a focal point compared to previous eras as silhouettes became flatter.

Waist These were loosened as corsets fell out of fashion, but also moved higher on the bodice.

Shoulders Frills and flounces were no longer desirable and so shoulders retained a natural shape.

Stay tuned for next week’s post on the 1920s!

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