Feminine Elegance: Fortnightly Fashion Review, Number 6


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 magazine is a valuable source of information about trends in clothing, fabrics, and styles at the beginning of the 20th century and about the specialized nomenclature used in the fashion world at that time. Gemma Farina, an actress who was very successful in Russia, Egypt, and Spain as well as Italy, graces the cover of this sixth issue of Eleganze femminili.

Last updated: May 17, 2017