Feminine Elegance: Fortnightly Fashion Review, Number 5


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.” A passionate cry for fashion to take inspiration from the classical elegance of ancient Greece or the statuesque beauty of Rome runs through the first pages of this fifth issue of Eleganze femminili. The plea arose from the release of new fashions regarded by many as disgraceful, such as the jupe-culotte (divided skirt). The cover shows a dress by Grassi of Rome.

Last updated: January 8, 2018