America 1900-1909: Fashion Research Article from American Decades

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Modernism and Nostalgia.

In fashion and design — clothing, architecture, furniture, interior design, and automobiles — the turn of the century witnessed both a heralding of the new and a reluctance to break with the past. In fashion, men and women remained tied to the formalities of Victorianism even as they complained about them: women who patterned themselves after the Gibson Girl, the national icon of modern young womanhood, still changed their dresses for dinner and would not be caught out of the house without girdles and layers of petticoats. Architecture, furniture, and interior design in America also teetered between old and new: historicism, with its emphasis on styles of the past, was giving way to a new aesthetic of business, commerce, and simplicity. The inventors of the automobile modeled their prototypes on the buggy, envisioning cars quite literally as horseless carriages. Old and new forms clashed and blended...

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