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Turn of the Century: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Europe and America

In the late nineteenth century, fashion was unified in Western Europe and had its influences in the New World. Paris became the city where the most famous creators lived.
Fashion houses attracted members of nobility or the rich bourgeoisie, so that in the upper classes, the fashion trends were similar in France, the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. Naturally however, many of these countries preserved traditional tendencies in clothing as well as costumes in certain regions.

The ladies wore skirts that were fitted in front and wide in back, sustained by petticoats and ending in delicate lace. Blouses were also fitted, with high narrow necks trimmed with lace and other trimmings.

The most commonly worn coat was a short layer of cloth, often consisting of two parts.

Hats were small and trimmed with looped ribbon, flowers or tulle.

Menswear became more understated, tending towards darker fabrics.

Men’s suits consisted of three pieces: a long jacket with a collar and a flap, a vest made either of the same fabric or of suede, and pants with the hem on the outside.

Shirts were usually made of smooth white silk with stiff collars and worn with a thin neck tie or a bow tie.

The fedora hat had a broad brim that was raised at the edges.

The ensemble was complemented by leather gloves with a cane and sleeves of various shapes and materials.

Hair was worn short and mustaches were large and sloped upwards.



1. Footwear with gaiter.
2. Bowler.
3. Feathered hat.
4. Hat trimmed with flowers.

Somewhere around 1910, women’s clothing abandoned the austerity characteristic of the end of the previous century and became more sumptuous. Fabrics like velvet, brocade, bright silks, lace and embroidery returned. The skirt, now without crinoline, was gathered with pleats that gave a particular movement. The brocade jacket was waist length and the neck, cuffs, or sleeves were embellished with white fur to warm the hands.

Hats were also very important. Winter hats were made of felt or velvet and trimmed with fur and feathers, while summer hats were of straw, decorated with flowers and small fruits made of fabric and tulle. They were usually wide brimmed.

The most common accessory was a purse made of velvet or satin embroidered with stones or pearls.

Shoes were usually satin or suede high heels.



5. Lady’s garb of the early twentieth century.
6. Male costume of the century.
7. High-necked blouse.
8. Fitted Jacket.

Author: Vicen


Article from the website: Moda en la Historia