by Sheryl Jaeger
The objective of corsets was to improve on the body type of every woman. Emphasis was on the waist.
By the 1880s the corset had become an elegant and desirable object in a woman’s wardrobe with much attention paid to its design and execution. Corset makers and manufacturers took great pride in promoting excellent fit in ready-to-wear garments.
The 1890s saw a change in woman from the pampered Victorian Lady to a more adventuresome woman, seen doing things only men had done in the past. Women were riding bicycles, driving automobiles and playing active sports.
Fashions began to change to accommodate new activities. To that end women’s foundation garments began evolving as well. The Victorian hourglass bone corset was taking on a new shape with the drop waist and slight hip sway; more about comfort and flexibility.
The 1900s brought Royal Worcester and Bon- Ton Corsets promoting “Princess Hip”.The Style Book for American Beauty Corsets proclaiming “A right fitted corset becomes an unconscious part of a woman” and assuring that “boning materials, corset clamps, hose supporters, trimmings are carefully selected”.
At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, aNemo Corsets ticket depicts two statuesque women flanking a Nemo sign with a caption “Bones and Steels cannot cut through” The reverse promotes Nemo Court – a beautiful exhibit of Nemo Corset Specialties and a lecture series.
A British company, Hahns Corsets presented a music series of various national anthems with promotion for their corsets on the reverse—”Made in England by British Labour—The Elite Corset of Great Britain”.
In the 1910s corsets became a “serious” business. The Ferris Bros Co in New York had a billhead putting corsets in the fore with an image from a photograph of woman dressed in a corset or waist. It also brought the advent of the Corset Hygienist certified in the Anatomy and Hygiene of Corsetry and in individual and surgical fittings—awarded by the Nemo Hygienic-Fashion Institute.
There were also regional and state specific Corset Clubs comprised of traveling corset salesman as evidenced in the Empire State Corset Club Banquet in Rochester, 1916. In 1917, Warner introduced its Rust Proof corset as seen in the lady’s pocket calendar catalog.
Photographic portraits of Edwardian women’s fashion demonstrates a simplification in fashion from the Victorian era.
However, there was more creativity and innovation, especially with gowns.
These glamorous photos of women in their gowns from the 1900s will prove this.
Fashion goes round in circles.
At least to a certain extent, the fashions of the past will become the fashions of the future.
When we look back to photos of the post-war era of 1940-1960, all we see is classy people that definitely knew how to dress.
Gloria Swanson, 1924. All photographs courtesy of Lumas Gallery. Photograph: Edward Steichen/VOGUE Archive Collection
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Snapshot, 1956. Photograph: Richard Rutledge/VOGUE Archive Collection
Anouk Aimée, 1965. Photograph: Bert Stern/VOGUE Archive Collection
Sun, 1949. Photograph: Clifford Coffin/VOGUE Archive Collection
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All I can say as an old Aussie who was a youngster in the 1950s is that I wish our Aussie barbers were as good as these American barbers back then.
So I put I put a picture on the front of Vincent D. “Gomer Pyle” from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” which is more like the Australian Crewie that I used to be given back then.
Crew cut hairstyle.
The crew cut style has a significant meaning for the men choosing to wear it. This haircut held symbolic meaning that meant hard work ethics.
In fact, this style was adopted by the military to replace the old style, traditional buzz cut.
The reason for this change was how well the meaning behind the crew cut was taken by those around the wearer.
The man with a crew cut had the appearance of being stable and responsible. Because of this appearance, the style became popular with government officials and other men that held roles of leadership.
The fifties spawned this cut and it is still as popular today as it was back then.
The crew cut and flat top styles are cut close on the sides of the head above the ears and on around the head.
The hair on top is box shaped and flat, giving the style a distinguishing look. The top cut slopes into a shorter length in the back.
The 1950s men’s hairstyles are still popular today because they have a neat and presentable look.
Many of these styles, even the wildest ones, can be consider to be the epitome of the clean cut man.
Looking at the favourite Fashion Style of Women From the early Years of the 20th Century one feels that women from the Edwardian era favoured very weighty looking-fashion styles, from big gowns to giant hats.
Although diverse in shapes, it’s really hard to wear these hats now.
Beautiful? Take a look…