>The Merry Widow Hat

>My work has come to a close, so I am to start my new endeavors- including keeping up on my blog! I had an idea to share some of the vintage images in my collection so I’m starting with one of my very favorite vintage postcards.

The Edwardian era is the period of time which initially sparked my interest in vintage clothing. I grew up reading the L.M. Montgomery “Anne” books and my mom and I watched “Avonlea” on television weekly. I have been interested in costumes since I can remember- my cousin having fueled the passion by making us Renaissance costumes since before I could even walk. When I discovered the world of L.M. Montgomery and found there were still authentic pieces of clothing surviving that I could purchase I became intoxicated with the trill of owning history.

I first became serious about study and collection of historic clothing at age fourteen and acquired my first dress around the same time from a lovely man in Fallbrook named Kirk Kirkeeng, who owned an antique store and was an ardent collector of fashion and costume history. He was impressed by my passion and a week or so later a gift appeared in the mail for me of an Edwardian dress of lovely silk and lace. Although shattering, I still have it in my collection and it’s one of my treasures. I tried to repair the dress and got it to where I could at least pose for it in a photo. I do have the photo around here somewhere and when I find it I’ll share it as well. It is amazing for me to think that my passion was first started fifteen years ago!

The Edwardian era still is one of my absolute favorites for fashion and decorative arts. I found the postcard below at an estate sale this year and was absolutely thrilled! Not only is it Edwardian and a social commentary on fashion, but it is from the year 1908- which was what my husband and I modeled our wedding off of last year when we got married- 100 years before the actual date in 2008. The postcard is amusing but also sad. The lady of wealth, as you see, looks quite elegant on the sidewalk, intent upon her promenade. The lady in the gutter, out of the way of persons of wealth, is doing her best to imitate fashion. 1905 was the year the operetta “The Merry Widow” premiered, and the woman in the lead role set the fashion world on fire with the unique concoction of head wear she donned. Read more on this fashion here.

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