Artistic Dress

Transgressive Fashion in the Victorian Era

Jessie Newbery and Artistic Dress

Very exciting to see this great post about some of the legacy of Artistic Dress at the GSA, something which I will post more on very soon!

Treasures of GSA Library

2014-03-24 12.42.51 2014-03-24 12.43.09 In an earlier post in August 2013 we discussed Das Eigenkleid der Frau by Anna Muthesius, a book published in 1903 that reflected a movement in costume, design and fashion: Artistic Dress. Artistic Dress describes clothing that was produced for everyday use, designed in accordance with contemporary art principles, intended to challenge fashion, and considered a work of art in and of itself. Emphasis was placed on the rejection of the heavy, restrictive Victorian fashions of the day. The movement was also political in its aims and part of wider societal moves to liberate women in the public and private spheres. Muthesius herself encouraged women to design their own clothing so that “every woman clothes herself as her particular personal style requires. The resulting dress will be an artistic reform of women’s attire.”

Jessie Rowat Newbery was born in 1864 to a Paisley shawl manufacturer who subscribed to radical politics and who…

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This entry was posted on March 25, 2014 by in Uncategorized.

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'Mrs Luke Ionides' by William Blake Richmond, London, 1882. Oil on canvas. Collection of the V&A, Museum no. E.1062-2003. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A.

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