I chose the Edwardian Era partly because the ideologies of the period fit well with the story, but mostly because the aesthetics of the time period were absolutely gorgeous! Especially the outfits, which is why I decided to make this article about Edwardian fashion, so if you decide to give my book a read, you can better imagine what the characters are wearing!
So without further ado, here is my far-from-comprehensive and questionably-researched post on Edwardian Fashion! (No really, I took a whole class on History of Fashion. Really.)
Men's fashion in the Edwardian Era was marked by a sharp square silhouette. Three-piece suits were the norm—pressed trousers, high-buttoned waistcoat and a jacket. Blazers or sack-coats were casual, whilst formal evening dress consisted of tailcoats with a white bow-tie and shirt. Collars were high, stiffened and folded into wings. Neckties were casual, bow-ties formal. Formal dress was also marked by a top hat and white buttoned spats. Winter dress included overcoats (ankle-length) and topcoats (knee-length). Hair was worn short, parted either in the middle or the side and combed flat over the head.
|Edwardian men in formal-wear|
|Slightly more casual Edwardian menswear|
Edwardian dresses are recognisable by their s-shaped silhouette—tapered waist and low full "pidgeon-breast". Sleeves gradually increased in size during this period, while hemlines rose from trailing on the floor to a scandalous ankle-length. Eventually the s-shape declined, replaced by a straight up-and-down silhouette that was considered very fashionable (unsurprising considering it meant that women were only able to take tiny, mincing steps in order to avoid ripping their skirt). But the real beauty in dresses of this period comes from the materials used in their construction and the beautiful oriental and art nouveau inspired designs. Lace, chiffon, crepe and charmeuse combined with embroidery and beading to create breathtaking designs.
A few examples of the gorgeous detail on Edwardian dresses.
Women also wore
And there you have it! Of course I could go into much greater detail, but the characters in The Gentleman and the Rogue all belong to the upper class, and for the upper class of the Edwardian Era, looks, fashion and money were everything! Which, of course, makes chasing after a masked rogue in the snow a dreadful nuisance. But it wouldn't be nearly as exciting otherwise, don't you think?
That's all for today! Please check out my new novel, The Gentleman and the Rogue!
J. K. Pendragon
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