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1919 Dress from Catalog

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This is a picture from a 1919 catalog of a woman in a white dress. Post-WW1, styles drastically changed, a direct reflection of what the world had just ben through. Instead of all the highly structured clothing of even five years before, clothing in the late 19-teens has a looser, more comfortable fit and is often made of “wash” fabrics that can stand more rigorous use. Coco Chanel actually pioneered these relaxed styles beginning in the mid-teens and using soft Jersey knits when wool wasn’t available (as it was being used for soldiers’ uniforms.) Read more…