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.)

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