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Secession style (late-19th century decorative style)

style of dress of the years 1890 - 1908, which came under the influence of advances in technology, sport and principles of hygiene; designed to ensure comfort of movement. In terms of fabrics used and processing, ladies' clothing was more sophisticated. The skirt, with its bottom edge flared by means of folds, pleating and flouncing, was something of an innovation. The bodice of the dress and the blouse were closed and furnished with a collar. The waist was narrow, and a corset was used. Its S-shaped line was later exchanged for a straight line. A blouse became fashionable, the cut of which was taken from that of a men's shirt. Menswear was close-fitting and served to accentuate the contours of the figure; the trousers had sharp creases ironed in, and the shirt had a hard collar. This style succeeded evening dress; the dinner jacket began to be worn in society.



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