The Edwardian Fashions of My Fair Lady – Eliza’s Closet

By | May 24th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein A Glimpse into Eliza's Closet There is nothing quite like the Edwardian fashions of My Fair Lady. Whether you look at the original Broadway production from 1964 starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle or one of the revivals, or you get lost in the 1964 movie starring Audrey Hepburn, you can't help [...]

Royal Ascot – Height of the English Social Season

By | May 21st, 2016|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Popular Fixture in the English Social Calendar It's no accident that Ascot racecourse is located near Windsor Castle. A flat expanse of heathland near the castle in the town of Ascot was suggested by Queen Anne after coming upon it one day while out for a ride. The first race took place on August 11, [...]

My Fair Lady – THE Edwardian Musical – pt. 2

By | May 17th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein The Musical Beauty of My Fair Lady Being a part of the cast and crew of this musical has been a been a fun and educational experience, but the most fun is dressing the part. Whether we're flower girls, opera or Ascot patrons, servants, ball attendees, or Alfred P. Doolittle's cronies, we're [...]

Lily Elsie – Epitome of Edwardian Beauty Part 2

By | May 10th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein   Post-Edwardian Aftermath   Lily's shyness and lack of confidence were so pronounced that she suffered from paralyzing stage fright. Although she had a string of hits following the run of The Merry Widow, she often missed performances because she was unable to overcome her fears. She became know as 'a part-time [...]

Lily Elsie – Epitome of Edwardian Beauty Part 1

By | May 7th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein   Little Elsie - talent and beauty   Lily Elsie came into this world as Elsie Hodder on April 8, 1886. Her mother was Charlotte Elizabeth Hodder, a dressmaker who operated a lodging house in Armley. Leeds, Yorkshire. Less is known about her father, although the obituary of Arthur Borrows, a one-time [...]

Edwardian Women Loved Hair and Hats! Part 2

By | May 3rd, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Here, there, everywhere hats... Edwardian women must have spent most of their time dressing for whatever came next in their day/night. It wasn't unusual for upper-class women to have at least six changes of clothing for a weekend outing. One needed to dress for shooting, hunting, lounging, promenading, dining, and more. No accessory was more [...]

Edwardian Women Loved Hair and Hats! Part 1

By | April 30th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Hair vs. Hats   As the Victorian era neared its end, hair was as reined in as the clothing. Small hats complemented the fashion of the day. But, as the 1890s drew to a close, hair grew larger (rock bands of the 1980s had nothing on these ladies) and hats followed suit. We may have [...]

The Artistic Illusion of the S-Silhouette

By | April 12th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein   Real or Illusion?   With the help of a straight front corset, the S-curve silhouette was the style of the day from 1901-1910. This silhouette reached its most extreme in 1904 and 1905. This is the silhouette that Charles Gibson used when creating his 'Gibson Girls.' But, illustrations appear to be [...]

The Gibson Girl: New Ideal for a New Century

By | April 2nd, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

by Donna Klein   How Charles Gibson created the Ideal Woman   Women were in the forefront of societal change during the last decade of the 19th century. The woman of the 1890s was athletic, independent, and educated (thanks to recent access to higher education). She was on the cusp; coming into her own.  Some women [...]

Redfern Ltd. – Under Charles Poynter Redfern

By | February 26th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

by Donna Klein   Redfern - from John to Charles   Three years before John Redfern's death in 1895, his sons took over the the company and changed the name to Redfern Ltd. This seamless transition allowed the fashion house to move forward, mostly through the creative thinking of his son, Charles Poynter Redfern (1853 [...]