This bodice from our Study Collection is something of a puzzle. Though its silhouette concurs with the mid-1910s, the embellishment is somewhat idiosyncratic, suggesting that the wearer had a very specific sartorial vision. Consisting of an open-front bodice worn over a natural linen dickey, it features the rounded “pouter pigeon” bust popular during the first decade of the twentieth century. If worn with a matched skirt that fitted smoothly over the hips, the wearer would have achieved the fashionable S-bend silhouette. Characterized by a rounded, forward leaning torso with hips pushed back, the S-bend dominated fashion from 1900 to about 1910.