Dress Date: ca. 1910 Material: Cotton Accession: 2001.191.1.0254
In the early twentieth century, the Edwardian period in England coincided with the Art Nouveau period in France. As seen in this “lingerie dress,” the “S” silhouette was a stylistic element shared by both. Fashion in the period focused on intricate details as a symbol of social status.
“Lingerie Dresses” were so named because the material used—cotton lawn and the extensive application of laces and crochet details—were traditionally seen exclusively on undergarments.
Donated to the University of Illinois Bevier Historic Costume and Textile Collection by Mrs. William Youngerman (Ruth Kuhn). Property transfer to the Illinois State Museum, 2001.