This film details the haute – couture of American fashion [c. 1917] for the well heeled one percent of women who might be able to afford it.
I’ve always been very interested in the historical aspects of fashion. How interesting it is to observe this from afar and ponder the modes and mores of this earlier day. It was definitely a time when the concept of following fashion, was a woman’s only avenue to succeed. It was largely through her fashion statements that she was able to climb the social ladder.
As an aside notice the elaborate stockings. Stockings then were either silk, or lisle, the cotton weave we know today as t-shirt cloth. Nylons will not be introduced until 1939.
The fabrics then, including the silks, cottons, serges and all textiles really were of a variety and richness not seen today.