Iconic Early 20th Century Fashion in Photos

Gibson girl Evelyn Nesbit via Broadway Photographs

The Gibson Girl began appearing in the 1890s. She was the personification of the feminine ideal of beauty portrayed by American Illustrator  Charles Dana Gibson during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The artist saw his creation as representing the composite of “thousands of American girls.”

Tightlaced Gibson Girl Camille Clifford showing her ideal La Belle Époque figure




Edwardian lady wearing Redfern, who among other things popularised high-waisted Grecian style dresses after 1908



Dress for the races by J. Dukes, photo by Reutlinger,

 Les Modes May 1912



A fashionable woman at the races in 1909.

Scanned from the book “The Mechanical Smile” by Caroline Evans



Gorgeous Edwardian dresses, hats and parasols. Toilettes vues aux Grand Prix. Irlande et linon brodé de la grande Maison de Dentelles, 1906. Belle epoque fashion.

Gorgeous Edwardian dresses, hats and parasols, 1906. Belle epoque fashion



Lily Elsie...can't help but think how pretty she looked.

Actress Lily Elsie in an Ewdardian gown



Mariano Fortuny Natasha Rambova in Delphos Dress, 1910


The Red List

 Much inspired by ancient oriental textiles, he designed rich garments with very modern and body-conscious cuts that seduced avant-garde and emancipated clients.

Paul Poiret  collection from 1912,

Poiret dominated Belle Epoque fashion and reshaped women’s silhouettes by liberating

them from constricting corsets and popularising the high waist

Raoul Dufy textile design on velvet for Paul Poiret cape 1911 via The Humanities Exchange, Montreal, Canada

Raoul Dufy was one of the great innovators of 20th century textile design,

here is an example on velvet for a Paul Poiret cape 1911,




Woman wearing French fashion from about 1905



Fashion photo about 1914



Antique photo postcard of Edwardian beauty

with a large hat and a snowfox stole around her shoulders,




2 responses to “Iconic Early 20th Century Fashion in Photos

  1. How does one identify vintage and antique hats one acquires? Is there a sort of mugbook or image recognition software/ website available?

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