Edward Vll succeeded his mother Queen Victoria at the beginning of the 1900s, in England this was known as "The Edwardian Era" & coincides with the American Gibson girl. Costumes which gave an hour glass silhouette were considered the epitome of fashion. 'S' bend corsets were worn & designed specifically to 'force' the bust forward & thrust the hips back. Costumes were made using lingerie-type fabrics with cascades of lace ruffles, trained skirts & high collars giving the appearance of elongating the neck, these along with lavishly decorated hats all had an effect of the posture of an Edwardian Lady giving her a certain exquisite grandeur. Gentlemen wore long, narrow fitted suits beards & moustaches.

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