Sunday, June 20, 2010

Radiant Simplicity the Keynote for Ascot (1926)

Ascot fashions from The Sunday Express newspaper, June 6 1926, "By a Woman Correspondent". It's worth reading the whole article, but I've summarised the main points below:


The keynote for all Ascot fashions this year is simplicity. The skirts are short and flared, the bodices long and plain, with the addition in all cases of the lace coatee, or flowing capes. All the frocks for Ascot are slim and straight hanging, none reaching further than to just below the knees.

Materials and colours

Colours are mainly soft and pastel in hue, and materials of the fluffiest. Nothing heavier than crepe-de-Chine, chiffon, or georgette is used, while organdie, last season's rage, has entirely disappeared.

Beige and black, black and scarlet, or black and white form the most definite colour schemes. All colours of pink are in vogue.

Silvered leather is one novelty in the way of trimming, and appears on a charming model displayed by Peter Robinson.


Hats for Ascot are all one style, wide-brimmed and droopy, usually trimmed with velvet or flowers.

The only addition to the otherwise boyish silhouette in all Ascot models appears in the little flowing capes of many and various colours, usually in contrast to that of the dress, and with either flowing bishop's sleeves or no sleeves at all.

Fur plays quite a part in these new designs, entering either in the form of a collar on a lace cape, or as an edging on a chiffon frock.

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