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Halsey's clothes are characterized by the "directoire" style popularized in the Regency period. There was a resurgence of this style in the Edwardian era from about 1908- 1914. This fashion is noted by long straight skirts, higher waistlines, tighter sleeves, and lower necklines. The primary influences of this style were the ancient Romans and Greeks as well as the health movements of the late 1800s that demanded loose clothing and unrestricted movement for health and sanitation reasons. These clothes were looser, flowier, and more comfortable than the highly restricted Victorian styles. At this time, loose tunics and the newly patented brasserie replaced corsets and heavy undergarments. More than simply fashionable, these loose, lightweight pieces would have been well-suited to the mild Alabama climate.

 
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