The Softer Side
Nancy Willett [ December 2003 ]
Some fashion questions:
1. In the last half of the nineteenth century, the fashion style was named for what Queen?
2. In the late nineteenth century, what was a skirt made with straight panels called?
3. What fine art influenced the dress designs and color of courier Paul Poiret in the teens?
4. What style of fashion did Gabrielle Chanel introduce in the twenties?
5. Hollywood was the primary fashion inspiration for which decades?
6. Name three fabrics that were popular for thirties clothing.
7. Why did the fashions of the forties have regulation length jackets, without pockets or detail?
8. What is the proper way to store vintage pieces?
9. What constitutes the fashion called the “New Look” and why was it given that name?
10. Who was Jackie Kennedy’s exclusive designer in the sixties?
(See answers below)
1. Queen Victoria
2. A gored skirt
3. Fauvism and Ballet Russes
4. Uncluttered clothing and the little black dress
5. 1930s and 1940s
6. Silk, satin, organdy, eyelet, pique, gingham, corduroy, knits, wool, velvets, crepe, Lastex, rayons
7. World War II manufacturing restrictions
8. The best way to store them is with acid-free tissue and acid-free covered boxes
9. Christian Dior’s soft shoulders, small waist and full midcalf skirt
10. Oleg Cassini