May 2009 archive

Ashley's Romantic Dresses

By Jennie Chancey

Last summer Gabrielle and I sewed ourselves some Wives & Daughters dresses. My sister, Gabrielle, made a dress that reminded us of Molly, while I sewed myself a dress that reminds you of Cynthia. Aren’t these lovely? The costumes from the A&E adaptation of “Wives and Daughters” are what inspired me to start researching and […]

1910 Collier’s Illustration

By Jennie Chancey

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This is an illustration from a story that appeared in a 1910 issue of Collier’s Magazine. Note the neo-Empire lines of the lady’s dress, with the raised waistline and sash. The hairstyle is even reminiscent of the Regency period. The empire waist had a brief revival between 1911 and 1912. (Click the thumbnail for larger […]

Billie Burke in 1910

By Jennie Chancey

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This is actress Billie Burke in 1910. Most remember her as “Glinda,” the Good Witch in the 1939 production of “The Wizard of Oz.” But Billie was a well-loved stage actress long before she earned acclaim on the screen. I love this sweet portrait of her in her lovely gown, holding a large bouquet of […]

Four Friends (1910s)

By Jennie Chancey

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This is a lovely photograph of four friends posing in their everyday outfits. The gal standing at the back right has on a white lawn dress with tucks and is wearing a locket around her neck. The two ladies in front have on the plain, slimmer skirts of the early 1910s, but their “waists” (blouses) […]

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