Fancy Lace Edwardian Woman

Fancy Lace Edwardian Woman

Humility, pride and strength are expressed in this colorized photograph of a beautiful Edwardian era woman. Accompanying our view is the joyfully romantic piano solo of Elize Kaisser. No less than 100 years separate us from the Edwardian era. High fashion at the very beginning of the 20th century, informed by English King Edward and his circle, nevertheless engage us. And certainly the fashion innovations and evolutions of the period are compelling. Wide brimmed and ornate hats make bold statements about women’s rising status in society. Tight skirts along with narrowing and rising hemlines offer the first siren calls of sexual liberation. Fashionable waistcoats likewise comment on the accelerating struggle for equal rights by adding a certain masculine strength to the female fashion statement. Perhaps what makes the feminism of this era, and by association the image before us, so compelling, is the context. The context of the woman’s struggle for equality was a desire to contribute more fully to the strengthening of family and society. The goal was not to become more like the man – smart feminism has never been about that – but rather to become a more fully expressed woman. The Edwardian female liberation movement was about fully realizing feminine potential to contribute in family and society. We see not only humility in our Edwardian beauty’s face, but courage. There is a struggle underlying the perfectly smooth, cream-colored complexion of our lady. She is quite immediately rooted in the more restrictive traditions of her mother and grandmother. She is asked now to step out and assert herself in ways which she must invent. It is...
Edwardian Gentleman

Edwardian Gentleman

We are quite impressed with this dapper Edwardian gentleman. And well we should be for he is the complete male fashion plate of the day. From the brown bowler hat, to the blue cravat winding around a wingless high collar, to the three-piece gray suit complete with lapel chain and white hanky in the pocket, this Edwardian gentleman seems fully put together and ready for his evening on the town. We turn on composer Stohg’s audio track with some expectation of genteel or otherwise elegant strains that might fit the narrative of the upper crust on display. Instead, a fatalistic piano chord immediately suggests something seriously amiss. And if we had not noticed before, the music draws our attention to our man’s sideways glance, sinister and calculating. Does he observe his next victim perhaps? We are reminded of the 1920s gangsters, or even of gang culture in our day, where outward appearance lends an air of respectability or cool. And we can’t help but root, just a little, for the criminal. And the music puts just the right amount of tongue-and-cheek humor into the mix to let us know that’s okay, even expected. Our Edwardian Gentleman on the Midisparks Art greeting card makes a bold, even provocative statement. It certainly makes for a “guys” card. It speaks of strength, mystery, even seduction. If you like sending greeting cards that make a point, or an impression, or otherwise incite a reaction, our Edwardian Gentleman card is for you. The Carney’s Colour Photo Creations greeting card collection is full of these unique personal statements to add emotional flavor to your special...
Edwardian Red Dress

Edwardian Red Dress

We understand that plumage on hats reached its height of popularity in the early Edwardian period. Our suspicion is that this image of a fashionable woman in red dress and plumed hat, elegantly posing for her portrait photograph, comes to us from the early 1900’s. It is not only the hat’s plumage that suggests the period, but the wide brim as well. The notion of the “S” shaped woman’s figure, a fundamental aspect of the Edwardian fashion ideal, required the hat to offer some curve at the top. The wide brim of the hat offers a solution. There is a subtle sense of irony in the woman’s expression. We almost imagine she understands that on some level the crazy plumage is just plain silly, and that is all part of the fun. But generally speaking, she simply exudes poise and elegance. We would choose a bit of roaring ’20s speakeasy music for our bonne vivante. Perhaps a bit of jazzy trumpet against a big band. In this way we prepare our beauty for her night on the town. But let the man who would make an improper advance beware. There just may be a long hat pin holding that cap down – and it may offer a painful defense if need be! And composer Bill Madison clearly takes up our Victorian maiden’s cause, warning her to “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” His lyric is a fitting response to a sense of vulnerability that is simultaneously revealed as we view the Edwardian beauty while listening to Bill’s track. Now we want to protect her, to guard everything precious in...