Reblog this post if you find the ladies of long ago to
still be beautiful in our modern 21st century!
In our era where thigh-high splits in
skirts and navel-length necklines in dresses dominate the couture of what seems
like nearly every female celebrity—not to mention many instances of very heavy
makeup—one often has to wonder how our standards of the beauty ideal have
changed. A century and more ago, Charles Dana Gibson developed what was
considered for that era, the Ideal Woman. She had a sweet and wholesome look,
and one of her biggest extravagancies was her pompadour hairdo, commonly
referred to afterward as the “Gibson Girl” look.
woman—if she wanted to retain the title of a true lady—would be dressed most
respectably always, and if she dared to show her ankles among the company of
men, oh, she was a hussy! When we
realize what was considered proper in terms of dress in the Edwardian era (and
what could really be inexplicably
daring!), one often has to wonder how some vintage photos we look at now seemed
in their heyday. By looking at this image below, the question that comes to
mind is, Was Camille Clifford considered to appear “loose”? Although her gown
was generous in length, the cut of her neckline seems to me to be a bit of an
eyebrow-raiser in its day.
If Miss Clifford lived now and appeared on the red
carpet, would she even be noticed for this? I’d say not at all! She would look
exceptionally modest and would instead likely earn either high accolades of being
most stylish (as I would tell her!) or be censured for being old-fashioned! It
really is incredible how fashions change.
When we are bombarded with more and
more bold fashions and daring hair colors, one has to wonder if the glamour of
long ago can last today.
If you find such luminaries as Camille Clifford and Evelyn Nesbit (to
name just a few; I’ve picture more well-known faces below), let me know by
reblogging this post!
Edward Linley Sambourne :: A formally dressed woman in a white dress and a black handbag walks along the street on June 15th, 1908. Allegedly at Kensington or Chelsea, London. [source: Edwardian Street Style at The Daily Mail]