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Prolific and popular dress designers came to the fore front. In Particular Haute Couture or French Fashion. An influential and talented designer was Paul Poiret of Paris.Designs were heavy supported by artistic fabric designs which were influenced by design movements of the time like Art Nouveau and by old Georgian silk wall fabrics, the Orient styles from China & Japan.
Ceylon & Indian form and embleshiments became a gaining influence too.
For gentlemen too the look became free-er.
Men were experimenting with fashion, which hether too was a prerogative of women only.
Old school Victorian top hats, spats, bow ties of all colours and patterns, boaters ( straw hat) small ties and turned down collars, sports coats , dinner suits and lapel adornments. Georgian cravats, monocles, pocket watches,walking canes from their grandfathers were mixed with, plus fours and trendy new styles of suits from the continent. The sport coat or blazer was popular. And of course there were cloth caps and driving gloves for the modern motorist.
This was the modern fashionable man,
not afraid of fashion!
In the next decade women would fully embrace the slightly masculine look and men would mix & match items to show their 'feminine' creative side.
The 1910s saw for the ladies the revival of the higher empire waistlines from the earlier Georgian period and the revolution of being bustle-less!
And the invention of the brassiere enabled women to be corset free!
The corset was losing its grip by the mid 1910s. And by the end of the 1910s skirts were much shorter, going from floor to ankle to mid calf in one decade, after centuries of floor length attire for women, this must have been liberating!
Which of course fitted the times with the arrival of The Suffragettes.Sexual liberation began in the 1900s, after the discovery ( or admittance) of the female internal orgasim by Phycologist Sigman Fraud in 1905 thus women felt verified and expressed new found open sexuality.
Andso, we had the creation of the 'Vamp' using sexy clothes and much much less of them!
New designs in clothes were given words like avante garde & bohemian which were associated with fashion for the first time
Women's fashions were more loose,
floaty and fluid, practical.
Trousers for woman or pantaloons were worn in the high streets for the first time too.
Fabrics were light and ethereal, adorned with embroidery, beads and other embellishments.
The look was subtle and pretty, almost Nymphe-like. And by the end of the 1910s fashion was emerging as an art form.