Belle Epoque

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How a chatelaine was worn by the lady of the household. This was something of a "status" item at the time. The word "chatelaine," itself, meaning "Lady of the Castle."

How a chatelaine was worn by the lady of the household. This was something of a "status" item at the time. The word "chatelaine," itself, meaning "Lady of the Castle."

Evening Dress 1916

Evening Dress 1916

Zinaida Gippius, a Russian poet, a co-founder of Russian symbolism - saught exile in France in 1917 to escape the Bolsheviks

Zinaida Gippius, a Russian poet, a co-founder of Russian symbolism - saught exile in France in 1917 to escape the Bolsheviks

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. From the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. From the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Skirt: approximately 1900. Shirtwaist: approximately 1910. Get the first chapter of "The Secret Life of Anna Blanc" free at http://jenniferkincheloe.com/the-first-chapter-of-the-secret-life-of-anna-blanc-2/

Skirt: approximately 1900. Shirtwaist: approximately 1910. Get the first chapter of "The Secret Life of Anna Blanc" free at http://jenniferkincheloe.com/the-first-chapter-of-the-secret-life-of-anna-blanc-2/

1905-1910 wool and silk Walking suit by Kontoff, American. Label in jacket: "Kontoff/Boston".  Via MMA.

1905-1910 wool and silk Walking suit by Kontoff, American. Label in jacket: "Kontoff/Boston". Via MMA.

Afternoon gown, J. Franken, Brooklyn, ca. 1910, royal blue & white silk print. White lace & blue & gold embroidered net yoke. White lace standup collar edged in gold bullion ribbon & chiffon ruffle. Elbow-length sleeves w/tucks & piped trim. Silk undersleeves: blue net lower w/sky blue embroidered squiggle. Skirt w/buttons of navy silk & embroidered w/large gold stars in center. Underskirt, ivory chiffon facing yoke & satin bodice lining w/boning. Hook & eye closures back. Vintage Martini

Afternoon gown, J. Franken, Brooklyn, ca. 1910, royal blue & white silk print. White lace & blue & gold embroidered net yoke. White lace standup collar edged in gold bullion ribbon & chiffon ruffle. Elbow-length sleeves w/tucks & piped trim. Silk undersleeves: blue net lower w/sky blue embroidered squiggle. Skirt w/buttons of navy silk & embroidered w/large gold stars in center. Underskirt, ivory chiffon facing yoke & satin bodice lining w/boning. Hook & eye closures back. Vintage Martini

1912-1914 silk dress by Herbert Luey

1912-1914 silk dress by Herbert Luey

Coat - the fashion of Paul Poiret (circa 1911) echoed the Japanese kimono

Coat - the fashion of Paul Poiret (circa 1911) echoed the Japanese kimono

Callot Soeurs skirt and blouse ca. 1900

Callot Soeurs skirt and blouse ca. 1900

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