Info On 1860-1900 Fashion! for school
Posted 06 April 2005 - 01:43 PM
I'm not surprised you're confused...between 1860 and 1950 women's fashions underwent at least a dozen major (big-time) changes that reflected the changing face of society and women's roles therein. At least you won't suffer from a shortage of research material!
I suggest you get your hands on a good, standard reference book. I have heard Nora Waugh's "The Cut of Women's Clothes" is good (although haven't read it yet). "20,000 years of Fashion" by Francoise Boucher is another.
Online, check out the Costumer's Manifesto (Pauline, can I link to this? I hope so!) It's one of the best free (the costume gallery is great but charges a fee) online historical fashion sites out there. Click on "Fashion by period" and it breaks down the major eras, gives a nifty little socioligical-fashionological lecture, and provides links to other sites as well.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:14 PM
I hoped someone else would chip in that it's a huge timespan area to explore. I do have many references to this on site here and really the best bet here is the fashion-era sitemap. YOU MUST SCROLL IT AS IT IS HUGE. http://www.fashion-era.com/sitemap.htm
However if you are looking for a book to summarise the era you should perhaps stay narrower and start with something starightforward and basic like James Laver's History of Costume. It covers all the main point for you to braoden or expand as you please.
Off the top of my head aand to cut it to size, begin with the cage crinoline of 1856 and shape changes from dome to triangle fulness moving to back by 1865, move to the first bustle c1869-1876, narrower dresses of late 1878/9 early 1880s and then the second bustle of 1883-1886. Go onto the wider skirts and wider sleeves to balance narrow waist of 1890s, through the Sbend early Edwardian lady of 1901-1907 to the narrow styles post 1908 to 1914. The rest will be easier for you as its less costumey and less confusing to a beginner. You can see some line drawings of these eras on the site.
There are links to 1940s utility fashion to 1950 here too. You may also find the undergarments section with bustles and crinolines useful. Use specific decade dates you seek in the search and pages will be thrown up for the site.