Evening dress from Jays Ltd, c. 1908. Jay Ltd. Pinner says: The V calls this dress "transitional", and it's easy to see why. The skirt is clearly turn-of-the-century, as is the high, poufy bust, but the waist is high and the over all silhouette is straighter than the late Victorian, flirting with the idea of straighter fashions to come.
1910-1911 Evening Dress by Paul Poiret: silk satin dress with silk tulle overdress, embroidery of beads and metallic thread, tulle peplum. "...In 1906, when the S-curve silhouette was still overwhelmingly popular, Poiret introduced high waist corsetless dresses. He shifted the fashion trend substantially from 19th-century dresses in artistic forms with excessive decoration toward innovative clothing that accentuated the natural beauty of the human body..." | JV