Fashion’s earliest revolution

The 1910s were “one of the most revolutionary” decades for fashion, says Circa Vintage’s Nicole Jenkins.

The 1910s were “one of the most revolutionary” decades for fashion, says Circa Vintage’s Nicole Jenkins.

HEMLINES higher than the ankle? Ladies actually dressing themselves? Beyonce, you’ve got nothing on fashion from the 1910s.

It was, according to fashion historian Nicole Jenkins, “the most revolutionary time in fashion”: the first manmade fabrics were used, while women’s clothing started to become more practical as World War I affected daily lives.

And the hemlines? Well, they rose all the way to the knees by the 1920s.

“That really was a very radical thing for the time,” Ms Jenkins said.

Ms Jenkins, who runs vintage clothing store Circa in Melbourne, is headed to Wangaratta tomorrow to present a talk on fashion from 1910 to 1930 at the Wangaratta Library.

The event, which will include a fashion display, is part of the Wangaratta and District Heritage Network’s heritage festival, which commemorates the Anzac Centenary.

The presentation starts at 1pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and bookings are essential: (03) 5721 2366.