This woman from Luzon, an island in the Philippines, shows off the fashion of her day. As American fashion began to influence the culture in the early 20th century, fashion in the Philippines began to move away from traditional garb into more "modern" looks. However, traditional Tagalong influence did remain in the style, as evidenced by this women.
Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong was able to have a flourishing career as an actress despite prevalent racist attitudes at the time. Wong often had to compete with Caucasian women for Asian roles. Wong was known as one of the best-dressed women in the world.
Lily Elise was an English actress during the Edwardian era. Elsie was known for her Grecian profile, blue eyes and graceful movements. She first made a name for herself in The Merry Widow, which propelled her to stardom.
The company that Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Anna Pavlovna founded was the first company to tour around the world. After making her debut as a dancer in 1899, she quickly became a prima ballerina. Her breakout role was in The Dying Swan, which soon became her signature role.
Rita Martin was a model who began her career in 1897. She was the subject of countless photographs, then a fledgling art form. Martin started out by helping in her sister's photography studio. In 1906, she opened a studio of her own.
The fashion of the early 20th century was wild and rebellious. Hemlines grew shorter as fashion entered the modern era. Clothing became more comfortable and less restrictive as social attitudes became less restrictive as well.
The traditional clothing of the Nepali people has been influenced by nearby countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, the traditional Nepalese dress retains a flair of its own. The variety of climates and religious and ethnic groups in the small country have allowed Nepalese clothing to take on a unique style.
Queen Mary hated her husband, but dutifully served the country she ruled. Queen Mary had several affairs during her marriage, and it is rumored that some of her children did not belong to her husband. However, British-born Queen Mary loved Romania and the Romanian people loved Queen Mary back.
Agnes Ayers was one of the greatest film stars of the silent era. Her work with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik only served to increase her popularity. Ayers retired from acting in 1927 only to lose her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929.
In the beginning of the 20th century, women's stockings were worn with a garter belt. The garter belt was invented in the 1920s as a response to women requiring a more mobile and liberating form of attire. Before then, women's stockings were held up by corsets.
Gabrielle Ray was an actress and dancer in the Edwardian era. Her image graced postcards of the time period. She was one of the first "supermodels" in the world, due to her work modeling for postcards like this.
Women in the 1920s were known for wearing cloche hats and flapper dresses. The modern woman was a woman on the go. And she no longer had time to be weighed down by the corsets and crinolines of the past!
La Belle Otero was known as "the honest courtesan." The Spanish-born courtesan became one of the most sought after women in Europe. She was rumored to have been so beautiful that men killed themselves from not being able to be with her.
Miss Valli Valli was a German-born musical theatre actress and silent film star. She made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 12. She ended up working mostly in England and then in the United States.
Princess Viktoria's marriage to Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover was the largest social event of European Royalty before WWI. The Prussian princess was named after her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria of England. She was known for being intelligent, dignified and willful.