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Fashion In the Early Twentieth Century No period has shown more rapid change in silhouette of womens fashion than the first 50 years of the twentieth century Each change of outer fashion was also reflected in the under fashion in order to give women the silhouette and character that fashion demanded sometimes in contradiction to that nature intended Views of women and their proper roles also changed dramatically during this time as women gained the right to vote and entered the workforce in increasing numbers and then retreated back to the home after World War II This paper documents changes in womens fashion from 1900 to 1930 the early twentieth century and relates these changes to prevailing societal attitudes and changes in the roles of women The prevailing attitude during the Victorian Age had been that a womans place was in the home women increasingly began to enter the workplace after 1900 The popular figure that was seen in the 1900s was termed the Grecian bend a pigeon-breasted bosom tiny corseted waist and full swayback hips High boned collars were worn in daytime with long sleeves While some evening gowns were extremely low-necked with band or ribbon for a sleeve Wide picture hats were worn through the decade All skirts swept the floorLa Belle 1 The elegant Edwardian lady often wore light airy dresses called lingerie dresses which gave a rather ethereal first appearance The contrast between the lingerie dress and its underpinnings mirrored the femininity and strength evidenced in the growing suffragette movement the entry of women such as Madame Curie into the ranks of renowned scientists and women such as Ellen H Richards who improved quality of life by applying the principles of art and science to the practical problems of everyday living
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