By Daniel Milford Cottam

Style within the Edwardian interval underwent a few particularly progressive adjustments. The delicately colored, flower-and-lace-trimmed trailing robes and difficult hairstyles worn via tightly corseted stylish girls within the early years of Edward VII's reign could rework into the boldly colored, dramatically stylized Eastern-inspired kimono wraps, slim hobble skirts, ankle-skimming tunic attire and turbans of 1914 at the eve of the 1st international conflict. This booklet provides the tale of women's and men's gown via this intriguing interval, and is an engaging addition to the bestselling Shire style checklist that already comprises model in the course of Jane Austen and model for the time of the nice Gatsby.

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Enormous amounts of money were spent on court masques alone, which reached new heights of lavishness. The reign of King James was characterized by riotous living and lavish expenditure, which threatened to bankrupt the country. Changing Styles As the new century progressed, dress gradually became more relaxed. These were at first kneelength, but by about 1620 they had become longer and slimmer fitting, looking more like modern trousers. As ruffs were gradually abandoned, the standing band collar became larger and softer until, by 1620, it lay over the shoulders, broad and lacy.

Mary Queen of Scots went to the scaffold wearing “blue worsted, edged and clocked with silver, over plain white jersey hose,” held up with green garters. Male and female underwear was almost identical: in a Ben Jonson play a husband borrows his wife’s smock while she washes his shirt. The Stocking Machine In 1589, a Nottingham man called William Lee invented a revolutionary new machine for knitting stockings. He proudly showed it to Queen Elizabeth, hoping to be granted a patent. The queen, however, declared herself disappointed at the coarse quality, and refused, although the real reason may have been that she wanted to protect the handknitting industry.

Jewels appeared on belts, buttons, hatbands, hairpins, shoes, and garters. There were often several of these combined in one brooch or pendant. Precious Stones Anyone sitting for a formal portrait would be sure to wear as much fine jewelry as possible in order to indicate their wealth and status. Of all the precious stones imported from the East, pearls were the declared favorite of Queen Elizabeth, as a symbol of her virginity. Pearls were worn as earrings, set in brooches, or—most popularly— in long ropes which hung down below the waist, pinned to the skirt in loops.

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