What is Belle Epoque?
Belle Époque, meaning "beautiful era" in French, refers to a period in European history from the late 19th century to the early 20th century (roughly 1871 to 1914). It was characterized by a sense of optimism, cultural innovation, and progress, particularly in art, literature, and fashion. In the realm of fashion, the Belle Époque era was known for its opulent and extravagant styles, featuring elaborate dresses with intricate details, corsets, large hats, and luxurious fabrics. The fashion of the Belle Époque era reflected the social and cultural values of the time, emphasizing elegance, femininity, and social status.