Between the end of the Edwardian era and the advent of the Great War (World War 1), there was a moment when things turned modern. It was a time when there was a sudden surge of newness in the world. Telephones, electricity and cars all started to make their way into homes. The old ways were starting to fall away. Women were demanding the vote. Change was coming. And that’s when we are introduced to the Crawley family of Downton Abbey.
The show is compelling and well regarded on both sides of the pond, but as with any sort of international phenomenon, the impact is far reaching beyond good ratings. And one of the easiest places to see the impact is in fashion. The era is full of sleek and modern silhouettes with beading and lace. It’s the first time we see ankles in the daylight (though at night the gowns still sweep the floor.) We aren’t quite to the short, fringed flapper dresses, but we are a far cry from the bustles of a few years earlier. Think the earliest years of Coco Chanel.
In looking for modern makers of this kind of evening wear, BHLDN and Temperly London both have a number of examples that show the same lean lines and graceful shapes. I expect others to come along soon. Gloves were a must then…and might be the right choice now. The jewelry shown is part of the extensive and amazing collection of antique rings available from Erica Weiner Jewelry. If you are looking for a sophisticated, elegant and beautiful feel for your wedding, this may be just right.
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