1. Just to give you an idea of the high cost of designer fashion at the turn of the century, here’s part of a newspaper advertisement for a clearance sale of imported French fashions at Wanamaker’s department store, New York City, May 1911.
The sale includes pieces by such noted designers as Paquin, Drécoll and Callot Soeurs (although the vast majority are by lesser designers). Most of the dresses are reduced from between 1/3 and 1/2 off their original prices. The reduced prices range from $73.50-$300 ($1,700-$7,000 adjusted for inflation). The original prices ranged between $110 and $600 ($2,550-$13,850 adjusted for inflation).

    Just to give you an idea of the high cost of designer fashion at the turn of the century, here’s part of a newspaper advertisement for a clearance sale of imported French fashions at Wanamaker’s department store, New York City, May 1911.

    The sale includes pieces by such noted designers as Paquin, Drécoll and Callot Soeurs (although the vast majority are by lesser designers). Most of the dresses are reduced from between 1/3 and 1/2 off their original prices. The reduced prices range from $73.50-$300 ($1,700-$7,000 adjusted for inflation). The original prices ranged between $110 and $600 ($2,550-$13,850 adjusted for inflation).

  2. An absolutely precious child’s fairy costume designed by Callot Soeurs, 1922.

    An absolutely precious child’s fairy costume designed by Callot Soeurs, 1922.

  3. An absolutely adorable tulle dress with rosette trim by Callot Soeurs, 1926.

    An absolutely adorable tulle dress with rosette trim by Callot Soeurs, 1926.

  4. This 1922 evening dress by Callot Soeurs, which was owned by the Duchess of Portland, would have been the very peak of early 1920s fashion.

    This 1922 evening dress by Callot Soeurs, which was owned by the Duchess of Portland, would have been the very peak of early 1920s fashion.

  5. A fur trimmed evening dress by famed Parisian fashion house Callot Soeurs. It was produced for their Fall-Winter 1910-1911 Collection.

    A fur trimmed evening dress by famed Parisian fashion house Callot Soeurs. It was produced for their Fall-Winter 1910-1911 Collection.

  6. An incredible jewel tone and gold  lamé evening dress from Callot Soeurs’ Fall-Winter 1920-1921 collection.

    An incredible jewel tone and gold lamé evening dress from Callot Soeurs’ Fall-Winter 1920-1921 collection.

  7. A 1911 to 1914 evening dress by famed Parisian house Callot Soeurs.

    A 1911 to 1914 evening dress by famed Parisian house Callot Soeurs.

  8. A stunning and very modern looking cut velvet evening dress. Made by legendary Parisian designer Callot Soeurs in 1919.

    A stunning and very modern looking cut velvet evening dress. Made by legendary Parisian designer Callot Soeurs in 1919.

  9. This Callot Soeurs jacket dating from 1911 to 1914 clearly shows the influence of Orientalism and the Edwardian fascination with cultures of the Far East.

    This Callot Soeurs jacket dating from 1911 to 1914 clearly shows the influence of Orientalism and the Edwardian fascination with cultures of the Far East.