Georgette Model of Cote de Cheval. Fin de siècle fashion 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume by Couturier Georgette Gabey.

Georgette Model of Cote de Cheval. Model of Cote de Cheval.

Model of Cote de Cheval. Costume by couturier Georgette Gabey, 1913.

Ravenswing Blue Silk Cote de Cheval. Heavily-embroidered panel in front. Black satin girdle. Chiffon waist to match over gold lace and neck trimmed with same. Coat faced with gold lace and outside of coat heavily embroidered with soutache braid and small buttons.
Published by Haas brothers, for the spring season, 1913

Gallery: France Fin de siècle fashion. Haute couture costumes, spring season 1913.

Note:  Evening dresses. Broderies de Maurice Lefranc. Paris 1917.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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