June 6, 2013


To me, the vintage blouse alludes to "La Belle Epoque", especially the gibson girls, who represented "The New Woman", who was competitive, sporty and emancipated as well as beautiful.
Beautiful embellished ornate blouses, worn by them,  took on a new importance and were adopted by every class. Home dressmakers did their best to emulate the fussy couture blouses and they used fine pin tucks, fine embroidery, appliqué, insertions of lace, faggoting, pleats and lace trim to get good effects.