This period began as rigid and restrictive in both dress and nature. Though this appeared to continue on in this manner until the beginning of the First World War, one can see a marked lightening in line and texture at the beginning of the new century.

Men’s fashions changed only slightly throughout the entire period, primarily in the area of casual and sport clothing.

The major change in women’s fashion came with the disappearance of first the crinolines, giving way to the new bustle and then the disappearance of the bustle itself. By 1900, the silhouette was much softer, in the more natural S-shaped curve.