Thursday, November 3, 2011
New Idea, May 1903 (#2)
Here is another plate from New Idea, this one illustrating patterns for lingerie - Edwardian style. The patterns on offer included a "dressing sacque", a wrapper and a petticoat. None of the garments appear particularly sexy or seductive by today's standards - though they are certainly more decorative than the sort of utilitarian undergarments the Victorians liked to wear!
(I'm guessing a "dressing sacque" was a warm and protective over-garment worn by a woman in her bedroom while she was dressing or doing her hair. They appear to have died out, along with tea gowns, early in the 20th century.)