20 February 2011

{Edwardian Period Part II}

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)
            -Edith Nesbit
            - 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.
c. 1908.
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 Afthernoon.
Edwardian Frac.

Jean-Phillipe Worth ball gown ca. 1898 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I always love butterfly dresses. 
Edwardian Eve Dress.
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Typicall English Country House.

1912 Fashion Plate.
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Edwardian Hairstyle. Illustration by D. Gibson.

Afthernoon Dress.

Intellectual Man. Edwardian period.

Golf Man Fashion in Edwardian time.

Edwardian Wedding Illustration 1904.

Working Fashion.
jacket image for Beatrix Potter Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman by Judy Taylor - large version
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.
Edwardian Children
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.


Edwardian Sisters.

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.

{Between Past and Present; Lyme House}

Lyme Park (Disley, England) is famous - between other facts- due BBC´s "Pride and Prejudice"(1995) was filmed here.

I found these pictures on a website and I am totally impressed to see that all the elegance of XVIII decorating is still alive into their walls.

Back view of Lyme Park from across the pond. Behind the house is a pond with a scenic woodsy trail which also passes by the gardens.

Lyme Park, front (north) entrance, built in 1570, combining Elizabethan and classical architecture.

Since photography of the interior wasn't permitted, I had to scan the guidebook and postcards for pictures. This is the entrance hall, early 18th century. A 16th century painting of Sir Peter Legh hangs over the fireplace. A famous 17th century Mortlake Hero and Leander tapestry is also here.

The drawing room is Elizabethan/Jacobean and highly ornate. It would have been used by the Legh family for informal private dining. The overmantel portrays the arms of Elizabeth I. The early 17th century ceiling contains intricate strapwork.

The dining room, my favorite room, in part because it is so tastefully decorated, and not overly ornate. The wainscoting on the oak-panelled walls is finely carved.

The library-another lovely room, originally 16th century, but redesigned in Regency style during the early 19th century, with an elegant ivory "Jacobethan" ceiling. Above the firepace is a Greek sculpture (350 B.C.) of an Athenian couple.

The stag parlor for the man of the house, redecorated in the early 19th century. Above the fireplace is a a rendition of the 17th century Lyme Park; below, is a frieze portraying the life of a stage. Several of the famous Cadmus tapestries are here.

A tapestry in the Morning Room, entitled Woman with a Casket of Jewels, another 17th century Flemish tapestry. The Morning Room was the sitting room for the Yellow Bedroom.

Settees in the Yellow Bedroom at Lyme Park, circa 1690, upholstered in silk-embroidered wool.

An 8-day musical clock, circa 1735, from Francis Legh's clock collection.

View of the gardens from behind Lyme Park