Thursday, April 5, 2012

Titanic Era Inspiration

It's been a while since I posted any scans from my collection of early 20th century magazines, but this being "Titanic" month I thought I'd share a few fashions from the era. I don't have anything from 1912, but these are from 1911 (first three) and 1913 (last one).

I confess it's not my favourite era for fashion (maybe I just can't get past the pigeon-breasted illustrations), but if I were going to make myself a dress from the era (which I'm not - not enough time), it would be this one.


  1. They are nice and elegant but not really my thing either. X

  2. I'm the opposite I love this era. I also have a collection of magazines dating from the late 1890's to the 1950's.
    One that always makes me laugh is from 1919 and it says, "A little less ankle please!" along the top. The article inside, ostensibly by a returning soldier, laments the fashion for very tight boots combined with shorter skirts and the unattractive sight of bulging calves and ankles as a result.

  3. Looking at these pictures, and all of the ones being blogged about in honour of the Sinking, it is pretty obvious why the look was really transitory - it got fashion past the corsetted hump, but was too complex and unflattering to last. Even without WWI getting in the way I doubt it would have. In some ways it reminds me of the end of the 18th C, where fashion moved at meteoric rates through a short transitional style to something completely different.


I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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