Lynette Link, 1902 Maid & Mourning

Lynette Link, 1902 Head of Housemaid

Lynette began as a Dresser, or a “serving maid” to our models.  The new fashion shows will be dressing the Gals up front, so our “Maids” needed to be in costume.  The original idea to make a quick and easy depiction around 1900 because we already had a Monobosum corset in her size that no one was using, developed into a much deeper and richer character as we researched the details.

With Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, her dictates regarding servitude, following her fashion theories, and of course – rituals of death – were thrown out the window by some, and embraced by others.  At this turn of the cultural tide for women with the new century and the “New Woman”, it is also an extremely interesting turn of the fashion tide as it was just at the crux between Late Victorian and Early Edwardian fashion eras.

The world of the new working woman, and especially those in the service of nursing or household or personal care is intriguing, and you will be surprised at the fashions they invoked.   Read on for the development of the history, rituals, garments, and details of Lynette’s character, or jump below to see the finished project as it emerges.

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Design Sketches

Combination

Monobosum Corset

Silk Petticoat

Silk Corset Cover

Skirt

Blousewaist

Apron

Hats & Caps

Hair

Jewelry

Mourning Brooches

Footwear

Click here to go to Lynette’s Historical Context page including Mourning (next)

Click here to go to Lynette’s Fashion & Women’s History page

Click here to go to Lynette’s Design Development page

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