Edwardian Sisters

I love attending events with my sister/sisters.
It’s so great having a companion in this crazy costuming adventure.
Someone who love dressing up as much as me, and who gets the work and planing goes into making an historical outfit with all it’s accessories and seemingly uncomfortable pieces (non les putting it on).

IMG_6179So when she discovered she was free from work, and thous able to go to the 18th century “fika” in old town, I was so happy and immediately scrambled to find something for her to wear (because that’s what sisters do)

And since I was to wear Edwardian we decided that so should she.

IMG_6181Goofing around


The day of the event I arrived at her house, carrying both our costumes, in good time to get ourselfs ready.20150315_142515underwear selfie

We helped each-other lazing the corsets and button those buttons, and then we were of (only half an hour to late, ops).
I blame my sisters hair for taking to much time, but really, it just take a lot of time getting into all those layers.

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Gibson hairstyle

After saying our goodbyes to the others, we stopped for some quick photos of our costumes.
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Sis is wearing the newly made walking skirt, a modern blouse, over my 1880s corset and combined with a modern belt and a ribbon for necktie.IMG_6202






I’m wearing my suffraget skirt, modern jacket, Edwardian blouse, 1900s corset and several accessories like a fur hat, modern fur shawl, elbow length opera glows, my black swiss-waist and an 1950s embroidered bag.IMG_6218








IMG_20150315_181820Edwardian Selfie

Gibson Hairdo

To really make your costume take you back in time you need the right hair.
So for the historical “Fika” I searched the web for a suited hairdo for my sisters 1900s walking outfit.

The answer was of course the “Gibson hair” – as portrayed by the artist Charles Gibson in the beginning of the 20th century.

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I’m not that good at reading picture tutorials, but thankfully we live in the age of youtube.

Using the video it was surprisingly easy to mold my sisters shoulder length hair into a somewhat recognizable Gibson girls hairstyle.20150315_134713More then halfway there.20150315_140003

And the finished hairdo.IMG_20150315_183352 She did get lots of compliments on the hair, and said more then once that she really liked how it tuned out,
and so did I.

Camille Clifford

Searching the internet for som Edwardian inspiration I came across this glamorous lady. 220px-Camille_Clifford_2

Her name was Camille Clifford (29 June 1885 – 28 June 1971), and she was a well known varité artist.

Her towering coiffure and hourglass figure defined the Gibson Girl style.

Camille Clifford - Gibson GirlLook at those shapes…

“Camille was raised in Sweden,Norway and Boston. In the early 1900s she won US$2000 in a magazine contest sponsored by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson to find a living version of his Gibson Girl drawings: his ideal woman.

Clifford became an actress, performing in the United States from 1902 and in England from 1904. She returned from London to Boston on 3 July 1906. While only playing walk-on, non-speaking roles, Clifford became famous nonetheless: not for her talent, but for her beauty. Her trademark style was a long, elegant gown wrapped around her tightly corseted, eighteen-inch wasp waist.” (from Wikipedia.)


“She retired from the stage and married Captain the Honourable Henry Lyndhurst Bruce in 1906. They had one child, Margaret, but the child died five days after birth. Her first husband was killed during The Great War in 1914.

She made a brief return to the stage after the death of her first husband. Then in 1917, married Captain John Meredyth Jones Evans. After the war she left the stage for good and later owned a stable of successful racehorses. Her second husband died in 1957.” (from Wikipedia).


Photographs of her taken by Lizzie Caswall Smith in 1905 often appear in historical fashion books and on websites to illustrate the Edwardian style.


I must say I’m totaly in love with her look. Those sweeping skirts, wide hips and slim waist – and not to forget the saucy look in her eyes, telling us she’s in full control.

tumblr_lpuetqs5JQ1qzixv7o1_500The lady does know how to wear a train.

Camille_Clifford_(Mrs._H.L._Bruce)_(Mrs._J.M.J._Evans)_(LOC)Soft and beautiful.

hämtaLooks like a painting (perhaps it is).



tumblr_ljj7c1Y0ZV1qj0xaio1_400Same dress, different style.

526fe4b9691ae34f088253ee5a5e7650Such gorgeous shapes…

gibson007And she certanly knows how to pose to make the most of them.

tumblr_kykf6enEjb1qarrqqo1_500“Just relaxing…”

tumblr_lg41m2e5lz1qb8ugro1_500Love this dress (must make it someday).


I think I’ve found my new style icon.

I may not have the curves (no shit), but I hope I can get the confidens and attitude she has, and the abillity to know my strenghts to make me able to pull of whatever look I want.