WHAT WE WORE
Fashionable sinuous curves, derived from the Art Nouveau movement, influenced women’s dress, skirts flaring over the hips from a narrow waist, with high necklines. Elaborate hair or hats became a focal point. The three-piece lounge suit was standard daywear for men, usually worn with the modern knotted tie. Hair was short and neat and men were generally clean shaven or had a small moustache. The centre parting became fashionable for women’s hair from 1907, at the same time styles increasingly became built up, often over pads or a frame, and were sometimes supplemented by artifififificial hair for the more extreme examples. The full draped front of the bodice emphasised the bust and added to the sense of femininity.