I have a fabulous vintage French photograph to share with you today showing two Parisian women wearing trouser skirts circa 1911.
I found the picture on the Library of Congress website, a place where I’ve spent many an hour browsing through, prints, illustrations and photographs; I do believe exploring the past is far more interesting than the present or even the future for me!
This is a very fashionable sight of the two ladies wearing trouser skirts with jackets; their ensembles are topped off with hats and bags – it looks like rain as one woman carries an umbrella…just in case!
This is the original picture:
I’ve made a cleaned up version of the photograph as I love to restore old images:
I’ve done a little research and a fashion designer by the name of Paul Poiret (1879-1944) introduced harem pants (jupe-culotte); although he’s often credited with inventing trousers for Western women, the designer Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix (1868-1930) presented wide-legged trousers in 1910 and a fellow designer, Bourniche, is also credited with designing such styles around the same time.