100 + Years of College Girl Fashion

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A photographic trip back through time – College girl fashions are an often overlooked source of both style and female trends.Whether they start in the schools or have been adopted over the years from fashion periodicals, young women heading to college in 2015 may well be putting as much effort in to their style and …

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Birth of Art Deco Fashion – Cartoonist Leonetto Gappiello

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 Booklet of cartoons of leading French actresses in 1900 – Leonetto Gappiello from Italy and based in Paris is considered to be the father of the 20th Century Art Deco Poster. He succeeded lithographers like Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Cheret, and Alphonse Mucha to become the leading advertising poster designer in 1900’s Paris. His technnique moved away …

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The Photographed Woman – 1909 in Virginia USA

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Rare photograph portraits from Rural America in 1909-1912 Hundreds of female portraits made by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum, who rode the trains to the small towns of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia in 1909. They’re notably unusual for the period by their informal and lighthearted style. Source – Duke University Library via …

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Edwardian Lingerie – What Women Wore in 1900’s

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Edwardian Corsets and Lingerie in 1909 Illustrating a 1909 Fashion review of the latest Edwardian lingerie out for that Autumn season. A special thank-you to Lori and Matt Knowles for their wonderful photos of Edwardian lingerie. They are still looking for models for future shoots, so do pay them a visit. Also a shout out …

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Women show the latest pompadour hairstyles -1909

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Pompadour Women – Edwardian Hairstyles 1909 The San Francisco Call, March 28, 1909. The 1900’s were drawing to a close, and with it Edwardian fashion and Edwardian hairstyles were taking their first baby steps into a new emancipated era for women. The era of the pompadour was coming to an end. The Pompadour is getting …

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The Gibson Girl

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The original IT Girl from the Edwardian era – The Gibson Girl – captured here in a rare film from the 1900s. Source Archive.org.The original footage comes from a title called The Gibson Goddess. We added our own storyline. The male stalking is kept from being too creepy by the sheer buffoonery of the men. …

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Edwardian Guide to Makeup and Hairstyles

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Edwardian Lady’s Advice on Beauty and Hair Edwardian Makeup and Hair advice from 1905. Hiding freckles, applying rouge, bleaching skin, pompadour hairstyles and more. Complexion A beautiful complexion is the most desirable possession, a joy to every eye which sees it, and a suggestion of health as well as of fairness. Its value is so …

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Easy Edwardian Hairstyle in 10 Minutes

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 Pompadour with Psyche knot –  in 8 Steps! – Do you have long hair?  Fancy a Downton Abbey Look? Then you can quickly create a classic Edwardian hairstyle look from this rare little pictorial hairstyle guide for women found in Girls Own 1911. Note: The illustrations show the right side of this young woman’s hair …

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1900’s Fashion – Edwardian Summer Gowns 1905

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Vintage Fashion Reviews – Edwardian Summer Gowns 1905. The 1905 issue of the Los Angeles Herald reviews the latest in evening gowns for those soft summer nights. Pointed, Square and Round decolletage. Elbow sleeves with ruffles are the latest decree in women’s 1905 summer fashions. There is always something most attractive about the fashions for …

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Edwardian Beauty – 1908 Face Massager.

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Edwardian Beauty – 1908 Face Massager. The Edwardian fashion era saw the phenomenon of ‘beauty science’ taking hold, with patent after patent promising women eternal youth. This product – a face massager -courtesy of the Museum of London was invented by a Doctor John Wilson in 1908 or thereabouts. It promised to reduce wrinkles and …

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