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The Reign of the Lingerie Dress

In the book, The Perfect Lady, Willet C. Cunnington describes the period from 1900 to 1910 as the ‘reign of lingerie’, and indeed fashion magazines in these years, and especially in summer months, show many examples and variations of the so-called ‘lingerie dress’ – a style of dress adorned with embroidery, lace, pin tucks, ruffles and ribbons which was inspired by the chemise gown, as part of an eighteenth-century revival.

However, the first decade of   the twentieth century is also marked by a gradual yet radical change in fashionable body and dress, helmed by French couturier Paul Poiret. So …