In this post I will be sharing with you the Fashion from the beginning of the last century.

1900-1920

 

This decade saw a transition in hairstyles, from the more confined styles of the Victorian era to looser, fuller hairstyles.

 

 Curiously, both long and short styles were popular, with longer, free-flowing hair slowly gaining more converts as the decade progressed. Volume was the theme that ran through most of the popular hairstyles, regardless of hair length. Longer hairstyles featured hair parted in the middle (with a part), and long wavy tresses hanging below the shoulders. Shorter hairstyles generally began around the ears and ‘poofed’ up over the head in several up-do styles, often held in place with barrettes and adorned with bows, or large, wide hats.

During the early 1910’s, styles were long hair either pinned up elaborately or flowing and wavy. Popular accessories were big bows, jeweled pins, headbands, often adorned with fancy beads and stitch-work designs, and hats.

 

 

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By 1902 a product called a transformation was being used. Made of natural hair the product was waved and could literally transform any hairstyle into one of abundant wavy hair. The transformation support often referred to as a pompadour frame was easy to buy. It was used as a base for the style and a woman’s own hair was built up and smoothed over the base.

The volume these contraptions allowed, meant that the hats had a great support to rest on and so they gave an impression of often appearing to be hovering when they rested on a firm foundation.

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During the mid-1910’s, Irene Castle’s “bob” hairstyle was becoming very popular, a trend that would explode and be very controversial in the 1920’s.

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By 1911 hairstyling began to follow the natural head shape much more and finally the ears began to be covered. New styles followed the trends for Mediterranean and near eastern influence. Grecian Influence 1913 hairstyles. This all led to the Grecian styling which took the hair to the back of the head. This style was usual by 1913 and remained a popular and unfussy way of drawing the hair back during war years.

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One hairstyle that gained a lot of popularity (and some notoriety) was called “curtain hair.” This entailed parting short hairstyles down the middle, then letting the hair fall across a headband worn around the middle of the head, just above the ears. For more elegant hairstyles, women often constructed ringlet curls all along the headband.

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Also by 1911 hats became much smaller, although large wide picture hats were still worn for dressy functions. These smaller hats of 1911-12 were adorned with stiff spiky hussar plumes and fan effects of ostrich feather. By 1913 two long narrow plumes called Mephisto feathers gave many hats a curious military quality.

 

 

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From 1914 the toques developed into tall toques and these were worn with the fashionable high collars of the day. More feminine styles included wider styles with deep crowns worn low on the head to hide all hair.

 

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Once the war started other hats developed military tendencies and by the end of the war tricornes and postillion hats were popular having first been adopted by war widows who added black veiling. Soon sophisticated women adopted them so variations on the veiled styles became the height of chic.

 

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The 1920’s saw the invention of the bob. Sleek short or wavy bob cuts, Eton crops, heavy fringes, waves, kiss curls, headbands, floppy bows, feathers.

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