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Velvet Walking Suit

Velvet Walking Suit
C.1910. This is a stunning outfit. I can imagine whoever wore it was tall and young. It is quite a high style piece and would have been very expensive and fashionable in its day. It dates from the beginning of the 1910's when the straight line was becoming fashionable. She would have wore this with a long straight corset like those described in the Underwear section below.
Made out of midnight blue velvet, it features a long sweeping trained skirt that I can't imagine would have been practical for a walking outfit. It would have been a cold weather outfit, for spring or fall and the jacket would have been worn over a high necked shirtwaist and a large brimmed hat would have topped everything off. The jacket is long and straight but fitted at the back so as to show off a trim stylish figure. Woven silk buttons at the front fasten the jacket.
The jacket measures 36" bust and a 28 1/2" waist, which shows that she wore a new straight corset that didn't alter the figure too much. The skirt measures 26" and the outfit fits a height of 5'7"- 5'8".
(Formerly L. Hidic)