Imagine how restrictive it would be to be dressed like this all the time - beautiful as it is - and to have to sew and learn languages and be told what it is a woman can and can't do -   (Lily Elsie)

Imagine how restrictive it would be to be dressed like this all the time - beautiful as it is - and to have to sew and learn languages and be told what it is a woman can and can't do - (Lily Elsie)

Lily Elsie. Edwardian elegance. Early 1900’s. Lily Elsie was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era (1901-1910). Admired for her beauty and charm on stage, Elsie became one of the most photographed women of Edwardian times.

Lily Elsie. Edwardian elegance. Early 1900’s. Lily Elsie was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era (1901-1910). Admired for her beauty and charm on stage, Elsie became one of the most photographed women of Edwardian times.

"Everyone agrees that Lily Elsie has the most kissable mouth in all England... she possesses the Cupid's bow outline with the ends curving u...

"Everyone agrees that Lily Elsie has the most kissable mouth in all England... she possesses the Cupid's bow outline with the ends curving u...

Miss Lily Elsie (1886 - 1962).  On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile.  Tall, cool, and lily-like, she moved with lyrical gestures in a slow-motion grace.

Hey Pretty Lady: Lily Elsie

Miss Lily Elsie (1886 - 1962). On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile. Tall, cool, and lily-like, she moved with lyrical gestures in a slow-motion grace.

Lily Elsie was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era, best known for her starring role in the hit London premiere of the operetta The Merry Widow.

Lily Elsie was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era, best known for her starring role in the hit London premiere of the operetta The Merry Widow.

The classic Gibson girl. Is it any wonder that this look has lasted for hundreds of years as an ideal of feminine beauty?

The classic Gibson girl. Is it any wonder that this look has lasted for hundreds of years as an ideal of feminine beauty?

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