1910’s were the years when the Great War would occur and come to an end in the 1914-1918 and it led to people becoming excited (after the war) because they went from the somber practical garments worn during the Great War and embrace more rich and exotic styles.

Women wore skirts that no longer touched the floor and well above the ankle. Women were starting to abandon the ‘Gibson Hair’ and going for the more edgier bob hair. These advances were helping to set the stage for the 1920’s Jazz Age.

The early 1910’s saw the fashionable silhouette become more soft than that of the 1910’s. People started to experience with more different fabrics and couturier Paul Poiret took advantage of the new interest in oriental fabrics.

Poiret made clothes for his clients that looked like that of harem girls by creating clothing that had flowing pantaloons, turbans and vivid colors (Metmuseum.org, 2015).

The Art Deco movement was beginning to emerge therefore its influence was evident in the couturiers of the time.

The extravagant hats and headgear styles we had seen in the 1900’s were replaced with felt hats, turbans and clouds of tulle.

The 1900’s were the first time in history that fashion shows were organized by the first female couturier, Jeanne Paquin. Other famous designers of that time were Jacques Doucet and Mariano Fortuny.

Parisian couturiers came in a variety of shapes but the tunic silhouette over long underskirts were most popular.

1914 saw the creation of hobble shirts which were sometimes impractical because they were wide at the hips but very narrow at the ankle therefore making long strides impossible (Alookthrutime.wordpress.com, 2015).

Waistlines were loose and softly defined. They gradually dropped to near the natural waist by mid-decade, where they were to remain through the war years. Tunics became longer and underskirts fuller and shorter. By 1916 women were wearing calf-length dresses.

When the Paris fashion houses reopened after the war, styles for 1919 showed a lowered and even more undefined waist (Alookthrutime.wordpress.com, 2015).

Women started to become more active with dance and sport therefore they started to remove corsets at parties so that they could move more freely. This led to a more variety in types of corsets to be designed.

In terms of history, the 1910’s were the year of a lot of devastation and helped show how fashion can have an impact on the events around them. For example when the Titanic sank in the 1912’s people were allowed on the life boats based on their class and the way they could tell the class was through the clothes they were wearing. There was a clear difference in each classes clothes.

World War I also occurred in the 1914-1918.


Alookthrutime.wordpress.com, (2015). Jacques Doucet French designer | ALookThruTime. [online] Available at: https://alookthrutime.wordpress.com/tag/jacques-doucet-french-designer/ [Accessed 3 Jun. 2015].

Metmuseum.org, (2015). Paul Poiret (1879–1944) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art. [online] Available at: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/poir/hd_poir.htm [Accessed 6 Jun. 2015].


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