ÒA fashion plate showing the exterior of Harrod’s department store in Knightsbridge, 1909. The ladies’ silhouettes emphasize the vertical, with the waistline raised and the skirt width reduced. The lady in the foreground, who wears a cream military-style coat over her pinky-grey chiffon dress, holds a drawstring bag called a ‘Dorothy’. Handbags became essential accessories once narrowing skirts precluded the use of pockets. Applied decoration in the form of braid, tassels, beading and embroidery remained an essential feature of fashion.Ó
Ashelford, Jane. The Art of Dress; Clothes and Society, 1500-1914. London: The National Trust, 1996. p. 252, fig. 220.

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