76-Necklace, first half of the 20th century

This elegant silver necklace is set with dozens of pieces of mother-of-pearl surrounding an oval amethyst, a stone that has always connoted nobility and distinction. The simplicity of the design, without the intricate flourishes characteristic of the Victorian era,...

75-Evening dress, circa 1920

At the turn of the 20th century, the progressive emancipation of women and their greater presence in public spaces contributed to the decline of corsets and multiple layers of clothing. In particular, the dresses became more comfortable and allowed a greater range of...

74-Screen, 19th century

Since ladies of a certain social rank could not dress entirely on their own, especially to tighten their corsets, the use of the three-panel screen allowed them to maintain their privacy when putting on their underwear. In the 19th century, it was also customary to...

73-Evening handbag, 20th century

The feminine handbag has its origins in the late 18th century, when the slim silhouette of the dresses prevented women from carrying their belongings in free-standing pockets hidden under their skirts. Its first form was the reticule, a small bag barely big enough to...

72-Bustle, late 19th century

Worn by women on their back and hidden under the petticoat, the bustle is used to give fullness to a dress. Usually made of metal covered with rope and fabric, the bustle and its variations were in use until the early 20th century, when women’s fashion turned to...

71-Hat box, early 20th century

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, hats as fashion accessories were at the height of their popularity and wealthy people owned several ones. When not in use, they were stored in round boxes. During their trips, travellers would bring their...