1. At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.
I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.
The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.
Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.
This is a suffragette ball gown!

    At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.

    I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.

    The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.

    Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.

    This is a suffragette ball gown!

  2. Lady Duff-Gordon caused a sensation by going into the fashion business, as a noblewoman having a trade as common as dressmaking was considered quite a scandal at the time.
(source: The Lima Daily News, December 28, 1907.)

    Lady Duff-Gordon caused a sensation by going into the fashion business, as a noblewoman having a trade as common as dressmaking was considered quite a scandal at the time.

    (source: The Lima Daily News, December 28, 1907.)

  3. Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.
The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

    Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.

    The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. A very stylish boy’s velvet suit made in France in 1909 or 1910.

    A very stylish boy’s velvet suit made in France in 1909 or 1910.

  5. Three brothers wearing their best suits for the photographer circa 1908.
(my person collection)

    Three brothers wearing their best suits for the photographer circa 1908.

    (my person collection)

  6. A little girl’s delicate lace dress dating to circa 1908.

    A little girl’s delicate lace dress dating to circa 1908.

  7. A selection of girls’ sailor suits from the Fall 1908 Sears catalog.

    A selection of girls’ sailor suits from the Fall 1908 Sears catalog.

  8. Little girls’ fashion from the cover of The Delineator magazine, May 1906.

    Little girls’ fashion from the cover of The Delineator magazine, May 1906.

  9. A rather frilly little boy’s linen suit from Marindar, Paris circa 1905.

    A rather frilly little boy’s linen suit from Marindar, Paris circa 1905.

  10. Adorable child’s wool and leather buttoned boots from circa 1905.

    Adorable child’s wool and leather buttoned boots from circa 1905.