A vogue for so-called "lingerie dresses" was rampant from about 1897 to about 1915. These gowns were elaborately decorated with lace, ruffles, and frills, such as are usually seen in the boudoir. They could be white or pastel. They weren't just for the rich, as the sewing machine and machine-made lace enabled middle-class women to enjoy the same style.
Evening dress, Simcox, 1912. Silk, metal, rhinestones. Simcox, a New York dressmaker, highlights the Egyptian revival in fashion here. The curved bead motifs flanking the blue scarab mimic the representation of disk and horn headdress of Hathor and Isis. The asymmetric construction of the bodice is a representative style popular after 1910. Metropolitan Museum of Art. #Edwardian #vintage #fashion #dresses