Edwardian fashion refers to the clothing that was in style between the late 1890's and 1914 or the beginning of the Great War (World War I). Also called La Belle Epoque (the Beautiful Era), and the Gilded Age, this was a time when women's fashions took on a new opulence and extravagance, inspired by the hedonistic lifestyle of Britain's King Edward VII.
The design trends of Edwardian times revolved around the S curve when corsets created an S shaped female silhouette, a change from the Victorian hour glass figure.
The S bend corset forced the hips back and bust forward. The ideal female figure was a mature woman with a pigeon shaped monobosom.