Monday, 25 June 2012

Turn of the Century

I'm going to risk it, the Sun's been out for at least a day and a half so I'm going to slip in a post on Summer Cottons before it disappears

What is it about the turn of the century garments that gives us such a wealth of inspiration? 
I wonder if all those all those layers of ruffles, frills, lace, trussed up in corsets with a bonnet on top was the final straw for the women of that era. It makes sense as Women won the right to vote in 1918 after years of protests, hunger strikes and imprisonments. It is surely no coincidence that the trussed up decadence of the Edwardian era turned into the liberated, flat chested boyish 1920s.
 The great thing nowadays is that new technologies allow us to take the beautiful handwork of that era and interpret it for a new generation using modern techniques such as laser cutting, printing and bonding. 

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