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 My husband and I are going to a dinner at someone's house celebrating the house being 100 years old. We need to dress for that time and I have no idea what to wear. Help!


  Well, it would depend upon the formality of the occasion: dinner parties at the Turn of the Century (20th Century) were rather formal. I asked our resident Victorian Lifestyle Guru Ellen Christine how people dressed during that time period, here are her comments. "The wife would have worn an evening ensemble , with a slight decollete to show off the latest jewelry her husband had bought for her, in a discreet fashion, of course. The husband would have worn tails, or at least a dinner suit, that we would translate as a tuxedo. The ladies' gown would have been in a shimmering fabric, to catch the gaslight, perhaps bowed, beribbonned, or beaded, with a slight train and some lace trim. And as accessories, a small minaudiere, or evening bag, gloves, a hair ornament, a fan, a hanky and some smelling salts, of course!"

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10/17/2005 2:04:54 PM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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