Name: Olga Edna Purviance Born: 21st October 1895 Paradise Valley, Nevada Died:11th January 1958 Hollywood, Los Angeles
Edna was an actress during the silent movie era.
In eight years she appeared in over thirty films with Charlie Chaplin.
In 1915 Edna was a plumber in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, while Chaplin was working on his second film with Essanay Studios. He was looking for a leading lady for A Night Out, and one of his associates noticed her at a Tate's Café in San Francisco and thought she should be cast in the role. Chaplin arranged a meeting with her and she got the job.
Although she was romantically involved with Chaplin for several years, Purviance eventually married John Squore, whom she wed in 1938 and who died in 1945.
Chaplin kept her on his payroll until she died of cancer in 1958, aged 62.
Edwardian blouses: Made of ruffles or striped, it epiomized the femininity of the time.
S-shape corsets: This corset created the ideal female Edwardian form with a tiny waist.
Geometrics: Sweeping curved patterns in deep colours red, black and blue appeared from 1910 along with other geometric patterns and cubist motifs.
Hobble and kite dresses: After leaving behind belle époque silhouette, dresses became looser. Paul Poiret created the revolutionary hobble skirt. It had a shorter and narrower hemline which influenced the kite skirt.
Lace up boots: These came back into fashion during the years of the first world war.
Beading: Very popular at this time, beading was used excessively on evening dresses
Kimono style: Japanese style dresses were very exotic and brought a new form of beauty based on simplicity and oriental design. Many evening dresses had square cut sleeves and the shape of a kimono.
At the start of the century frills and flounces became the fashion. Corsets became less and less popular till in 1909 a new linear silhouette became the fashion as modernism gathered pace. There was an explosion of originality and progressive ideas in art, film and the role of women in society. Japanese prints, ancient Greece, ethnic elements and oriental themes all influenced fashion They were shown in exotic style motifs and curvier silhouettes. After the First World War fashion changed drastically waist dropped hemlines were raised which enabled flappers to dance the Charleston and the bunny hop. Jazz became widely popular.