1900-1919 Images

Mid-teens Afternoon Suit


19-teens afternoon suit of linen

What a wonderful color! This is an original linen afternoon suit circa 1913-1915. Note all of the marvelous details, including the double peplum, the crisp white linen collar and cuffs and the tailored skirt. This is a “transition” fashion–right between the era of the slim skirt (1911-1913) and the flounced waistline (1914-1917). It looks perfect for an afternoon stroll or a visit with friends at a lovely tearoom in the city. (From the collection of Elizabeth M. BrickRead more…

Ca. 1913 Tea Gown


1913 tea gown of silk

This is a marvelous original 1913 tea gown or afternoon dress. My model posed in it for me while we were having tea in the Ritz-Carlton’s sumptuous tea room! This dress features the overskirts that became so popular in the early ‘teens and has wonderful sleeves with cuffs matching the collar. Flowered pink silk was used for the entire dress, and it is impossible to describe its elegant look and feel. The details on this piece are fabulous, from the triangular panels in the bodice front and back to the piping trimming all the edges to the hand-tied French knots that decorate the sleeves. Read more…

Extant Titanic Era Garments


These are extant Titanic Era garments. I costumed a Titanic documentary, titled “Women and Children First,” in April of 1998. Here are two of the extras used in the filming (the one on the left is yours truly, complete with vintage glasses!). The dress on the right is straight out of a 1912 ladies’ catalog and features beautiful draping and inset details. My outfit on the left was made up of a walking skirt and fantastic jacket with braided trimming. Read more…