1905 Dress

Date: ca. 1905 - Material: Silk - Accession: 2001.191.1.0104

The Edwardian period, with the English king ascending the throne in his 60s, became known as the period of mature beauty.

Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, the “monobosom” or “Pouter Pigeon” lines emerged as fashionable forms. Special corsets pushed the upper body forward and thrust the lower body backwards, creating a “S” silhouette, mirroring the sinuous lines of the Art Nouveau movement popular in the decorative arts.

Donated to the University of Illinois Bevier Historic Costume Collection by Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Grant . Property transfer to the Illinois State Museum, 2001.