Freeing the Body: The Birth of Modern Dress

Modern fashion pioneer Jeanne Paquin is depicted at left center modeling her new, high-waisted silhouette in a 1906 painting by Henri Gervex entitled Cinq Heures chez le Couturier Paquin. Fine Art Photographic Library / CORBIS / Getty Images

This week we explore the birth of modern dress, a revolution in fact, that occurred during a period in the early 20th century when women radically altered the way they had been dressing for centuries.

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