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Edwardian Evening Gowns (ca. 1900-1919)Replicas of the stunning evening gowns of the Belle Epoque, Titanic Era and up to the end of WWI
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1913/14 French Fashion Sketch of Gown Back12 viewsFortunately for me in this project the original French design included a sketch of the back -- it helped enormously to be able to refer to this during the process of re-creating the gown.

More often than not this information is completely absent in the French antique designs I develop, and it sometimes becomes a matter of having to make an entire mock-up in muslin to be able to see and make sense of the structure of a garment. The finished concept or structure of an Edwardian gown isn't always obvious from the antique pattern pieces!
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Back closures of gown (with under-bodice opened)8 viewsThe under-bodice of this gown was constructed of a white pure silk taffeta with a 7-bone pattern of support, closing at centre back with a myriad of hooks and eyes.
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11 viewsThe September, 1913 French fashion sketch from which our replica was developed. The original text described the gown as being made of emerald green silk with white silk chiffon overlays, and we created our replica in the same fabrics and colours. Jan 12, 2016
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6 viewsIn late 1912 to 1914, designers became enamoured with the idea of unusual trains on evening gowns. Some -- like this one -- were cut as short, square trains, while others were knotted, draped, pointed or double-pointed, or even cut to one side or the other.

By 1915, trains on evening gowns, except for perhaps a decorative streamer or two, had disappeared. By 1915 evening gowns were no longer floor-length in any case.
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12 viewsA sublime late-Edwardian evening or dinner gown, in the typically complex multi-layered cut so fashionable at the time. The gown is built up on a boned ivory taffeta foundation, with a China silk skirt lining to just below knee level, so altogether there were 8 layered sections to this gown. Jan 12, 2016