Thursday, 7 October 2010

Edwardian Coat Suit; Historical Costume Inspiration Festival Entry

Historical Costume Inspiration Festival

Purple, Liberty&Co, wool and silk shantung walking costume, dated ca. 1906-1907, part of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag collection. Here on display during the exhibition Haagse Hofmode.

My version of the skirt is made from purple wool, with a detached corselette aka swiss waist.The original skirt was a corset skirt with the corselette attached. I made it with a detached corselette to make the costume more versatile.


Embriodery made after an Self Transferable Embroidery Pattern, from May of 1908 out of McCall’s Magazine.

The skirt worn with the matching coat. The coat has big black glass buttons which are vintage and probably date back to 1910-1920 and silk details.

On page 78 of Haute Couture & Prêt-à-Porter, fashion 1750-2000, by Ietse Meij you can find an image of the coat that went with the original skirt. I am not allowed to publish the image here, due to copyright.

Although the coat has Edwardian features it is not typical for a Edwardian Costume, which ofcourse is logical, as it is a Liberty& Co costume. So again I decided not to try and copy the coat but make a, more recognizable for the period, Edwardian coat. Like the ones depicted here in an ad from Grands Magasins Du Printemps, Paris, 1909.

Coat and skirt are made with the Edwardian Coat Suit pattern by Rocking Horse Farm. The white cotton blouse is an altered version of The Gibson Girl Blouse from Folkwear. And the Corselette is made with Truly Victorian #492, 1890's Corselets.

The costume is worn with the correct underpinnings, for more information go to A Victorian Wardrobe and click on Edwardian Walking Costume.

Next stop will be a BIG Edwardian hat!


Kellie said...

Simply exquisite! One of my favorite costuming time periods, as well=)

Lovely work!

Anonymous said...

That is exquisite! I love the embroidery on the corselette and the rich purple of the wool.

Atlanta said...

This is so lovely! I love the deep purple color and each piece looks so beautiful together!!

Cathy Raymond said...

The suit is absolutely lovely, and the color is so striking, and becomes you.

I still think you need a big hat to wear with it, though. The hat could be a pale neutral, or alternatively black--but it should have a big purple ribbon, to match the suit.

Esther said...

@All Thank you for all your compliments!

@Cathy, you read my mind! Next stop on my agenda is a big black had with purple details, like a ribbon. XD

Isis said...

Very elegant and flattering!