Feminine Elegance: Fortnightly Fashion Review, Number 10

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Eleganze femminili: rivista quindicinale di mode (Feminine elegance: fortnightly fashion review) was an Italian fashion magazine, published from January to May 1911, which was sold by subscription in Italy and abroad. In addition to presenting the latest fashions by the most famous designers in Paris, London, and Vienna, Eleganze femminili reported on social occasions in high society and included articles on etiquette, women’s interests, art, and the history of fashion throughout the centuries. It also offered readers the chance to obtain muslin or paper patterns of the designs shown in the magazine, and in fact advertised itself as being “a magazine for practical fashion that will enable anyone to make their own clothes.” The jupe-culotte (divided skirt) controversy, then causing quite a stir in Europe, is addressed again, but this time in a literary and historical context. The magazine mentions an article in the Literary Times about Catalina de Erauso (circa 1592–1650), also known as La Monja Alférez (The nun lieutenant), who escaped a Basque convent as a young woman and, dressed as a man, enlisted in the Spanish army then fighting in Peru and Chile.

Last updated: July 8, 2014