Parisian Haute Couture in the Early 1900s

written by Anna on October 22, 2014 in Content and Europeana Fashion with 2 comments

What’s a better place to show off your new outfit than the popular horse racing tracks in a chic Western neighbourhood of Paris. The popularity of Longchamp, where races were run for the first time in 1857, signalled a general revival in French horse racing, making it the perfect place for designers and fashion lovers to show their new outfit.

The early 1900s mark the full flowering of Parisian haute couture as the arbiter of styles and silhouettes for women of all classes. Designers would send fashion models or mannequins to the Longchamp races, wearing the latest styles. During the event fashion photographs were taken to identify the creators of individual gowns.

Below we have gathered some of these fashion photographs. Explore all photographs of the Grand Prix in Longchamps through Europeana.

at Longchamp in an elegant fur coat

a young elegant women at Longchamp

a young elegant women at Longchamp

a young elegant women at Longchamp

Two young elegant women at Longchamp Prix council

Two young elegant women at Longchamp Prix council

An elegant couple at Longchamp Prix council

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Royalty from Denmark, visiting Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at the racing course Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at the racing course Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

Fashion at Longchamp

 

 

All images are in the public domain, French National Library via The European Library.