Turn of the Century

Harmonia Gardens

Images of Gibson Girls under parasols and dandies with walking sticks stolling through the park come to mind when discussing the popular styles of the Turn of the Century.  Men's suits were evolving toward what we now consider the "normal" suit.  Morning coats and ascots were still seen, but sack suits were also popular.  Bustles were no longer in style, instead ladies wore dresses with long skirts and a slight gathering toward the back.  Leg-o-mutton sleeves were popular as were large picture hats draped in feathers, flowers and sometimes even a bird or fruit.  This period encompasses about 1895 to 1905 and can also be called the Edwardian period.