The Colors of Women’s Suffrage

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Updated June 17, 2019 and August 8, 2021 No detail of the Votes for Women movement was overlooked! Women’s suffrage colors were selected to represent the values and goals of their hard work. The two most well-known suffrage movements, that of the United States and that of England were united in many ways but adopted [...]

Coco Chanel: a Simple Little Dressmaker

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Coco Chanel - setting trends   A contemporary of Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel is also credited with freeing women from corsets, and the unnatural silhouette of the Victorian era. She was way ahead of the curve when it came to setting fashion trends in the 1910s and 1920s.   Chanel came from [...]

Living Life in an Edwardian Dress

By | June 18th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion|Tags: , , |

Nowadays, we’re lucky if the friends we meet for coffee are wearing jeans and actual shoes instead of flip-flops and sweatpants. In other words, we’re a little more focused on comfort than beauty. But, that attitude may change when we think back to the Edwardian era and all the effort that it took to be [...]

Victorian Blouses as a Result of Dress Reform

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , |

Victorian blouses are often seen in movies and television shows that are set in the late 1800s; however, they didn’t appear in regular dress during the entire Victorian era. In fact, Victorian blouses sprang up as a response to the Victorian Dress Reform movement. Women were tired of wearing the cumbersome and painful bustles and [...]

Somewhere in Time 2014

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Customer's Fashions, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion|Tags: , , , , , |

Step back in time Mackinac Island lies where the crystal blue waters of Lakes Michigan and Huron mingle. It is a land of enchantment and a time capsule of a bygone era.  Horse-drawn carriages replace automobiles and time slows to the pace of a gentler period.  It is no surprise that this gem was chosen [...]

Edwardian Era

By | August 25th, 2013|Categories: Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Recollections|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Edwardian Era is named for Queen Victoria’s son Edward, who ascended to the throne upon her death in 1901. This was to become an age of unparalleled luxury as the bustles, stiff silks and wools of the 1890’s gave way to the new decorative Art Noveau style. The French termed this period la Belle [...]

Victorians at the Beach

By | April 24th, 2013|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Early Victorians generally had little interest in visiting the ocean for any reason, but somewhere around the mid-1800’s doctors started recommending spas and mineral waters as a cure for many ailments. Natural hot springs – like the Glenwood Springs mentioned in an earlier Blog article – became popular places for fashionable Victorians to go to [...]