While many people think of the 1920s as the years when women’s clothes became radical, women’s fashions in the 1910s made a definitive switch from what had come before, marking the new century as something special.
Until 1908, the curvaceous silhouette that had characterized the 1890s was still in vogue, but it underwent some changes. The push was for corsetry that was more supportive of the spine and abdomen. Clothing was moving away from the heavy, restrictive styles that required bustles and padding and towards a more natural form. Women wanted healthier lives and healthier clothes to go with those lives.
Here, a small collection vintage images from the Library of Congress that show women’s fashions from the 1910s.
(Images via The Library of Congress)