Edwardian Fashion

corset_1900The S-bend and the mono-bosom reigned supreme. Your boobs were sticking out in front, and your padded arse stuck out behind. All held in place by a vicious contraption called a corset. So as not to fall over in these postures, some ladies resorted to the use of parasols and canes.

WPBellaUmbrellassepiaTo create an easy Edwardian look dig out a long skirt, coupled with a high-collared blouse. Wind a big belt or scarf around your waist and drape a shawl across your shoulders. gibsonmarbx30

Or pimp an old evening gown.

viccost01-500Accessories such as a hat and gloves were compulsory for the society lady.

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This was the era of wigs, hairpieces, and padding. For the “Pompadour Style” your hair sits in a big cloud on your head. You can top it off with a bun. Go mad with back combing and hair spray.

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Homemade costumes

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Edwardian Fashion in Film and Television

If your looking for some inspiration My Fair Lady was set in the Edwardian era and has everything from rags to riches Edwardian fashion, all with a wonderful Hollywood twist. As does Gigi and the first series of Downton Abbey is wonderfully Edwardian.

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Audrey Hepburn and Jeremy Brett in a scene from MY FAIR LADY, 1964.

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Modern Edwardian

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London/Brooklyn Edwardian

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Introduction from  At it again! publishers of The Bloomsday Survival Kit.

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