Early 1900s Clothing
Dollar Dresses: According to a 1910 New York Times article, "dollar dresses" were a project of Washington Irving High School. Too many girls were spending a fortune (i.e., between $10 and $75) on commencement dresses. The school disapproved and the dressmaking department issued a challenge -- girls should make their own commencement dresses for $1 or less.
New York circa 1909. "High school graduates wearing dollar dresses." Note plunging neckline, scandalously exposed ankles and elbows.
Dollar Dresses: 1909
Miss Winship: 1909
Slubby navy wool 1910-1915 walking suit. Imaginative closure design on the jacket with velvet cuffs and collar, lined in silk satin, with old label. Back closing skirt with top stitched asymmetrical pleat across skirt and along the hem.
All The Pretty Dresses: Zig Zag Edwardian Blue Suit
From the Stickley Museum's fascinating blog, this scene is "Visiting & Receiving." Left: plum ribbed silk faille with chemical lace detailing, ca. 1911. Center: pale yellow ribbed silk with china silk front, ca. 1911. Right: dark lilac printed silk decorated with chain stitch embroidery, ca. 1911. See www.stickleymuseu... for lots of other interesting info.
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Sequined tulle/satin dinner dress, c.1918 $1200. The black satin under dress has two layers of sequined tulle on the skirt. The sequined tulle over dress is open to the waist on one side, revealing the layered underskirt. The waist has a wide inner petersham. The dress closes in back with hooks and snaps. When you see the elaborate overlapping of layers that require snaps, you will understand why a lady needed the help of a maid in order to dress.
Designer Clothing at Vintage Textile: #7416 Hanae Mori dress
Hand-embroidered linen blouse & skirt, c.1915 $850. Both pieces are hand embroidered with blue and white daisy-style flowers. The highly textured design is a pleasing arrangement of padded satin stitch, French knots, and cross stitch. The blouse and skirt can be worn together as a dress or as separates.
Hand-embroidered linen blouse & skirt, c.1915 $850. Both pieces are hand embroidered with blue and white daisy-style flowers. The highly textured design is a pleasing arrangement of padded satin stitch, French knots, and cross stitch. The blouse and skirt can be worn together as a dress or as separates. The blouse measures: 40" bust, 36" waist, and 18" from shoulder to hem. The skirt measures: 30" waist, 42" hip, and 35" length.
Beaded metallic brocade evening bag, c.1912 $750. This beaded evening bag belonged to a member of the famous Drexel Wharton family. The bag is fashioned from metallic silver and gold brocaded silk. It is embellished with an Art Nouveau pattern of bronzed gold bullion, faux pearls, and glittering rhinestones. The silver clasp has tiny rhinestones and green glass beads. Lined with ivory silk, the stylish bag has an inner pocket and an attached change purse. It measures: 5" wide by 6" tall.
Beaded black lace dress, c.1918 $1400.The dress is constructed with layers of lace and tulle over a black satin lining; and it closes on the side front with small snaps and hooks. The bodice and skirt front are embellished with jet-black beads and sequins, adding sparkle to the black-on-black design. Masterfully applying the principle of contrast, the designer uses color only on the black satin cummerbund, which is embroidered with three shades of blue silk floss and gold tone beads.