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1910s Collection

At the beginning of the decade, dresses featured tunics over a long straight underskirt with an empire waist. Details such as lace, cord, applique, soutache, beading and tucking were used as decorative elements. Boning was used to retain the shape of the garment, rather than change the natural figure.

The ability to travel and improvements in telecommunication connected the world in a new way. Cultures from across the globe influenced popular designers. Turbans, kimonos, and other traditional clothing inspired new designs.

During World War I, women contributed to the war effort. Comfortable, practical clothing was a necessity. Raised hemlines allowed greater mobility. Wartime shortages crippled the fashion industry and stylish clothes seemed trivial compared to the reality of war.

Front view of a two piece black silk gown from the 1910s

Elizabeth Hawley's 1911 Inaugural Gown

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Front view of a purple fur hobble skirt from the 1910s

Hobble Skirt Dress

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Right side view of a Straw Picture, or Merry Widow Hat from the 1910s

Straw Picture Hat

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64-57-49 A&B Boots

Hiking Boots

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Dark Blue Silk Dress: Front

Silk Dress

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Evening Dress: 1 Front

Evening Dress

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Haynes Inaugural Gown: Front

Mary Haines 1913 Inaugural Ensemble

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