As we know, Edwardian Era is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, from 1901 to 1910. It was the beginning of a new century. But this reign was to be brief, lasting a mere nine years. The death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and the succesion of her son, Edward, marked the beginning of a new Era and the end of Victorian Period.
King Edward VII of England
King Edward was married with Alexandra of Denmark, an elegance icon of last XIX. The king died in 1910 -at 68- in Buckigham Palace. His succesor was George V (Queen Elizabeth II´s grandfather).
King´s wife,Alexandra of Denmark, Queen of England
Despite of his dieth was in 1910 the edwardian period extended since the I Mundial War in 1914. Times of laces, Orient Inspiration and Balls.
Socially, the edwardian period was a time in witch class system was very rigid. It was the last period of English Country House. And it also was a significant moment for all women, the famous "Vote for Woman".
The upper classes embraced leisure sports, witch lead a development of a new type of fashion: more mobile and flexible clothing were needed. The corset or bodied were modificated and in the early 20s was abandoned.
The edwardian period corresponds to french Belle Epoque. We know India was a Great Britain´s colony. It is very important point; orient inspiration was part of the time.
In edwardian literature great names were:
- J. M. Barrie
- Arnold Bennett
- Kenneth Graham
- Beatrix Potter (children books)
- H.G. Wells.
In the line of music, it appears:
- Edward Elgar
- Henry Wood
- Gustav Hols
- George Wootherworth
I consider it was the end of a culture, the little speech of Beauty that it would never appear again in the world of moderns. We can find it in secret gardens, in fabrics, in the music... But the magic is on that: it will never be again.
Edwardian Ball. Look the wonderful dresses.
Edwardian Hat, c. 1914.
Edwardian Hairstyle. Painting by M. Stone.
Gran Duchess Anastacia of Russia and her younger brother, Prince Alexei.
Unknowed Model. Imitation to "Dream of Summer NIght".
Girl riding bicicle in 1905.
Summer Day dress original from the early 1910s.
Edwardian Picnic in the forrest.
"Downton Abbey" screencapture. Three Crawley girls.
Miss Gabrielle Ray as Lady Dorothy.
Edwardian Eve Dress.
Typicall English Country House.
1912 Fashion Plate.
Edwardian Hairstyle. Illustration by D. Gibson.
Intellectual Man. Edwardian period.
Golf Man Fashion in Edwardian time.
Edwardian Wedding Illustration 1904.
Beatrix Potter Children Book.
Vintage 1900s Picture of Lilian Russel- british actress.
1914 Evenning Gown. Metropolitan Museum of New York Database.
Mademoisselle Vaughan in 1914.
Middle Class family at Norfolk Beach.
A street in Edwardian Era.
Early XX century swimsuits. By D. Gibson.
Women in Ascot.
Mr. Worth Dressing Room.
Classic Edwardian Beauty,
More Edwardian Women...
Polly and Doris McTeguie in 1910.
Edwardian Debutante Ball.
Edwardian Lady reading a Newspaper.
Love this white dress.
Miss Lily Elsie Photography.
Listen this music piece by Edward Elgar and you´ll listed the edwardian Era too.
Some interesting links:
Edwardian Society Complete Guide
The Edwardian Country House TV.