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Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women
UK Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/16/2012 5:44:05 AM PDT by C19fan

Street blogging may be considered to be a modern phenomenon, but a series of images unearthed by Kensington and Chelsea Libraries prove that the practice may date as far back as the early 1900’s. The Library service has published several wonderful images by the late amateur photographer Edward Linley Sambourne, who was also the chief cartoonist for Punch, which give an amazing insight into the street style of the woman of London and Paris over a century ago. Sambourne’s beautiful street photography captures the casual side of Edwardian fashion in a manner which is rarely seen.

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KEYWORDS: edwardian; fashion; photojournalism
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The clothes are gorgeous and this is just the clothes women wore to just go about town in. What a treat it would be to walk around London during this time and appreciate the pretty ladies in their finery. Probably the men would take notice that it became socially acceptable for women to show their ankles, va va voom hee hee. Before that time ankle showing was a sign you were a fallen women.
1 posted on 07/16/2012 5:44:13 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I see that some of them were captured walking while reading a book....not too far off from today with people walking and using their smart phones.

I watched an old ‘reality’ program from the UK (1999) over the weekend “The 1900 House”...one of the big problems back then were the restrictive, body altering corsets.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 5:49:17 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: C19fan
Very nice.

I do find it a little odd that some of the outfits are described as "black". How can one tell?

3 posted on 07/16/2012 5:49:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: C19fan

We all look like slobs today. They’d be horrified at us a century hence.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: libertarian27

You make a good point but the outcome was so pretty and it forced a woman to have a nice posture while walking. I think Princess Kate wore some sort of corset for her wedding. Is it any different from today’s women who put themselves under the knife to alter their bodies?


5 posted on 07/16/2012 5:52:34 AM PDT by C19fan
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6 posted on 07/16/2012 5:58:07 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: C19fan

I’m also reminded that those pictures were taken before the invention of the bra.

Also, maybe it was just the photographer’s taste, but I didn’t see any women that could remotely be called “fat”.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 5:58:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: C19fan

All I can think is how hot wearing all the fluff would be. Sewing it all and ironing it would be a nightmare.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 6:02:45 AM PDT by bgill
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To: fieldmarshaldj
What, our women are classy today:
9 posted on 07/16/2012 6:06:54 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: C19fan

I don’t understand the waistline and the baggy shirt front. The waistline goes down in front and up in back. The shirts look very unflattering to me. I usually like period clothes but am confused by those two elements. I love the shoes. The hats are sort of disturbing too.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:01 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: C19fan

This is one of my favorite periods in women’s fashion. So pretty. I love the photos of the ladies walking along reading their little books. It almost looks like they are texting.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: C19fan

cool

Some of the hats are a little over the top, but I guess it was a way for women to express their individuality.


12 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:30 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: C19fan

I lived in Spain for six years. The streets were always littered with trash. I notice in these photos - NO litter on the sidewalks or the streets.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 6:15:32 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll

Obviously it was totally unacceptable to trash the street and one might add there would of been a small army of street sweepers keeping London as tidy as possible. Also, this would of been in the more fashionable parts of London out in Westminster and the West End. I would imagine the East End would of been much dirtier. Although if the ladies crossed they have to navigate the horse dung.


14 posted on 07/16/2012 6:18:54 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: EEGator

I think the one thing I hate most of all is seeing women today cover themselves in tattooes, and Miley is one of ‘em.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 6:20:07 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SatinDoll
And no fatsos.

Were eating habits more refined?

16 posted on 07/16/2012 6:21:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf
Were eating habits more refined?

No, they just ate a little less and exercised more.

17 posted on 07/16/2012 6:23:40 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: C19fan
One of Sambourne's cartoons:

This was Punch's annual "New Year" cartoon - lots of commentary on issues of the day.

The owl on top of the heap is Gladstone:


18 posted on 07/16/2012 6:25:45 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: C19fan

How beautiful and classy. I shudder to think of laundry day, though. Washing and ironing those clothes would be a nightmare.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 6:26:22 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: EEGator
Ha!

No argument there!

Now days, girls compete to see who can look most like a
sl%$.

What I don't get is the ‘dirt’ part of the look. I mean, I was a hippy too, in college... BUT my clothes were clean and ironed. I also made some attempt to look feminine.

NOW, somehow girls achieve the ‘dirty’ look intentionally...dirty clothes, wrinkled clothes, pants dragging on the ground... torn and DIRTY. Especially, the hair style that looks like you dumped a bottle of Mazola on your head and then pulled your hair up into a messy blob.

I am sure tired of looking at dirty hair.... even if it is clean and made to look matted and dirty!

I am ashamed of being a woman when I see such sloppy and dirty girls who have NO regard for themselves. I guess the homely girls live this ‘style’ because now everyone looks like THEM!

20 posted on 07/16/2012 6:28:56 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree; tattoos make women appear trashy and somehow dirty.

Some of my own pet peeves re: slob culture include rolls of fat hanging out for everyone to see, exposed bra straps (when did THAT become a fashion statement?), and flip-flops. Don’t give me that garbage about flip-flops showing off your pedicure. Get a pair of decent sandals or wedges.


21 posted on 07/16/2012 6:29:25 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: knarf

I recently read that four things we commonly eat today will cause the human body to put on fat: bananas, corn, wheat, and peas.

Of those four items, one in particular has crept into the ingrediants of a huge number of products we eat today - corn. It is the additive corn syrup or corn syrup solids that I suspect is fueling obesity in this nation.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 6:34:13 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: EEGator

Nothing has changed. This woman is stepping off the curb onto a busy street while reading.

23 posted on 07/16/2012 6:35:04 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I wear flip-flops, but I’m a dude. I don’t do it to be slobby, per se, but because of a chronic problem with my toenails that makes wearing shoes and socks rather uncomfortable.

As for the rolls of fat... the muffin-top is indeed a revolting sight. =8-P


24 posted on 07/16/2012 6:37:36 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SatinDoll
Hmmm ... not so sure aboiut that.

I've eaten Asian style cuisine for over two years .. rice, a LOT of vegetables (fresh from garden or whole produce from grocery), cut back on coffee,cigarettes .. and yes, cut back on excersize (I blame old age and sore muscles .. my wife says I'm lazy), I drink more water than I ever did and I have an increasing belly fat problem.

I have no insurance, so I don't see a doctor, but lately both men and women have been targetted as having low hormones that induces belly fat.

Don't know if it's true, but I'm 64 and ...

25 posted on 07/16/2012 6:41:46 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"We all look like slobs today."

Yup. "Being seen in public" was the common expression in the old days. My mother was a refugee of the Spanish Civil War. One set of old clothes and a battered suitcase were painful reminders of her status when she arrived in America. All her life she insisted on being properly attired when in public. Never left the house without full makeup, hat or scarf, and gloves. She hated seeing me barefoot in summer, and she would regularly scold me for sloppy atire or slovenly appearance by saying, "Joo' gonna' go out looking like dat'? I don' tink' so! Joo' go back an change. Joo' look like a refugee!"
26 posted on 07/16/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Mercat
That was the Edwardian "pouter pigeon" look. I don't care for it myself.

The corsets were better though than in Victorian times - less restrictive of the waist.

Part of the business with the hats is that these are mostly shopgirls and midinettes, and hats are cheaper than a whole new outfit.

27 posted on 07/16/2012 6:43:32 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Then you have a good excuse, LOL.


28 posted on 07/16/2012 6:43:56 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Then you have a good excuse, LOL.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 6:44:05 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: PowderMonkey

Heh.


30 posted on 07/16/2012 6:44:39 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Sorry for the double post——still getting used to the super-sensitive keypad on this new laptop.


31 posted on 07/16/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: C19fan
Wow, I have been a fan of Victorian, Edwardian, and Early American fashion, both Men a women, since my youth..

In my background I was indeed a Hollywood Costume Designer, in the early to mid 60's, after graduating from the Art Institute, of Chicago.. I started working for Edith Head, the legendary designer, of the most iconic classic motion pictures of the glitzy days of the silver screen..

I worked with some of the most beautiful women in our memory.. http://cookingwithchefcarlo.com/pages/bio.html

I hold the distinction of being chosen the Costume Designer for MY FAIR LADY, period piece, with my personal Hollywood heartthrob, Audrey Hepburn, for 3 hours before being discharged for being too "STRAIGHT" a male designer. It's a long story, but is still one that is not uncommon in Hollywood today.. LOL

32 posted on 07/16/2012 6:49:48 AM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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What interesting people who can run across here.

being discharged for being too "STRAIGHT" a male designer.,

Let me guess you wanted to make the women in the production beautiful and feminine while the homo designers wanted to make the women androgynous.LOL!

It is nice to meet other heterosexual men have the same let us say eccentric tastes as me.

33 posted on 07/16/2012 6:56:34 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
That was fun, thanks for posting it.

There's some interesting info on Edwardian fashion here, including an old movie of a boarding school girls' outing at Coney Island (about halfway down the page) in the early 1900's.

Edwardian Fashion Trends

34 posted on 07/16/2012 7:09:41 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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The producers originally picked me for my actual submissions for the movie concept, but it was voided by the Hepburn folks that thought she, being so young, beautiful, immature, and unattached, the handlers thought that she was ripe for scandals, and although I was a newlywed, they must not have trusted my virile Italian heritage.. HA!

This incident was so devastating that it was the final straw for me to decide that I wasn't going to reach any prominence in that field unless I overcame my moral objections to perversions, which, in their defense, was very well known.. Bwhaaaaaaa

35 posted on 07/16/2012 7:15:47 AM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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36 posted on 07/16/2012 7:38:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: carlo3b
My background is History of Art and when I watch ‘period’ films like ‘My Fair Lady’, I like to see how closely the production is to the authentic appearance and style of furnishings, architecture, clothing, etc.

‘My Fair Lady’ was such a treat because it was totally in keeping with the appearance of the period.

Others, not so much.

I liked ‘Zhivago’, but Julie's hair was NOT correct, nor was Ms. Chaplin's... Somehow that detracted from the rest of the completely accurate art direction for the film.

Lots of films fail on small things like that.

My father served in WWII. Watching war films with him, he'd point out weapons which were wrong for the period or in the wrong hands given the context of the film.

37 posted on 07/16/2012 7:41:42 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Photographing women and girls as a hobby?

Seems a little creepy to me.


38 posted on 07/16/2012 7:41:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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39 posted on 07/16/2012 7:46:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: AnAmericanMother
midinettes

Thank you for teaching me a new word today - I had to look that one up!

40 posted on 07/16/2012 7:46:20 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: C19fan

Bttt


41 posted on 07/16/2012 8:43:41 AM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: BubbaBasher

Haha, great catch!


42 posted on 07/16/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SMARTY

It’s not your fault for what they do. The fact it bothers you means you must take pride in yourself...that is great.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 9:02:25 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: C19fan

What a lovely era.


44 posted on 07/16/2012 9:15:16 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: carlo3b

Wow......what a cool story!!!! Thanks for sharing that.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 9:19:34 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Makes one sad this world would be destroyed in the trenches of Flanders Fields and we are left with a ruined culture and society.


46 posted on 07/16/2012 9:29:52 AM PDT by C19fan
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Great pix, thanks for posting! The fellers are looking pretty dapper as well, and the kids are adorable. I bet I'm much more comfortable on a daily basis, though. My counterpart had a tailored wool suit, leather shoes, and a shirt whose collar was the only thing that changed for days at a time. Oh, and a weekly bath. I have cotton clothing, regular laundry, and a couple of showers a day. We smell differently.

So does the street. We have diesel exhaust, they had the ubiquitous miasma of horse poop. If you were lucky, it was only horse.

And the picture of the young lady stepping into the street preoocupied with reading could be any kid texting these days. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

47 posted on 07/16/2012 10:22:10 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: BigBobber
I had looked it up when I ran across it in Donn Byrne's book Destiny Bay, and never had a chance to use it before!

In the English photos, they are shopgirls. In the French ones, they are midinettes. All with very snazzy hats.

It really is true that Frenchwomen know how to dress and always have.

48 posted on 07/16/2012 11:00:29 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: C19fan
I have mixed feelings about the ways things used to be with regard to being formally dressed in public. I've got old family photographs from this period of time that show men at picnics or even at the beach in full business suits, right down to the vests and bowler hats. At the beach, the only concession is that they remove their shoes and socks and roll up their trouser legs a little bit. Sorry, but that's way too uptight for me.

Yes, many of us look like slobs today with the more casual dress codes. But it need not be. You can dress casual and still look good in public. In the summer time, I pay good money for quality collared golf shirts and Hawaiian shirts with either khaki trousers or shorts. On my feet are usually deck shoes or sandals (the men's type that just have ventilation holes and don't show the toes.

I detest seeing adults in t-shirts and sneakers. That's always a sloppy look, unless you are out running or jogging. Especially T-shirts that feature some rock band or some stupid saying on them (grow up people). As for women, they need to stay away from sweats and flip-flops, no matter how comfortable they may be. I like to see women in their summer sun dresses with decent shoes. Shorts and shirts are okay if they are playing volleyball or some other sport - otherwise they should look feminine.

The women's clothing in the article from turn of the century don't really appeal to me at all and by and large, the women don't look too happy wearing them. In fact, some of them are so mean-looking they should probably accessorize with a broom!

49 posted on 07/16/2012 11:35:50 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SMARTY
I was first an historian, researcher, and purist, then a designer.. Consequently, I wanted to know everything about what the true fashion and trend in that period actually was, before taking my leave for artistic extension, or poetic license..

Sadly, there wasn't any delicate dry cleaners, so the actual fashion of that time period was layers, and always durable, meaning clothing was made of fabric that would stand up to harsh detergent and starches, thus mostly heavy duty, and amended with accessories such as handmade, crocheted laces, bows and fringes.. There were, however, as is true today, fancy lightweight cottons with hand painted floral, and gaudy jewelry, but little else..

People of the day bathed occasionally, not necessarily daily, and heavily perfumed, and had to be a bit gamey in warm weather, and clothing was worn several times between uses, so frilly wasn't practical..

The clothing featured in this, and almost all film is mostly exaggerated, to appeal to the current day standards. The London based, Cecil Beaton, the award winning genius that was the designer on Lady, was obviously the correct choice.. Even I had to admit (DUH), that his take on the flow of style was brilliant, and breathtaking..

50 posted on 07/16/2012 1:17:09 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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