This dress represents the transition period when women's dresses were being liberated from corsets. Its high waistline and simple silhouette, soft materials, and the loose-fitting lines free from the earlier artificial shape make us remember the dynamism in the period from the end of the 18th century to the early 19th century.
After Paul Poiret introduced a corsetless high-waist dress in 1906, a simple directoire silhouette had come into fashion. In fact, women still wore corsets under dresses, but the corset in those days was softer and had a straighter silhouette.


  • Title: Day Dress
  • Date Created: c. 1909
  • Location Created: unknown
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Cotton tulle one-piece dress with floral pattern; cord embroidery; red rose corsage of silk satin.

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