Politics, Women's History

The Reign of the Lingerie Dress

In lingerie dresses the design details, such as ribbons and lace insertions, segmented the body in a way that emphasised the desirable fashionable silhouette. Whereas earlier in the decade the body was divided into several horizontal planes – emphasising the shoulder, hip, cinched waistline and swirling skirt, in the later years … the placement of trimmings is used to elongate and slim the shape. In the second half of the decade the style of trimmings also changed. If at the beginning of the twentieth century fluffy ethereal ruffles, gathering, ruching and other dimensional decorations were used, from about 1907 fashion magazines show more and more afternoon dresses with flat trimmings such as embroidered ribbons, pin-tucking and lace.