Brief Introduction and 1910’s Fashion Research

As we have now started year 2 of our Game Design degree course, we got given our Client Project/ interactive environments module brief, we have been asked to produce a digital reconstruction of Hull’s Paragon Station in 1914 depicting the Reservists leaving for the First World War.

As this is a historical event that happened, it requires some very fine research to back up what our group will create. As it asks us to show the troops leaving for duty I thought it would be good to research into the type of fashion that the public and the troops would have worn in the early 1910’s and on-wards. With this in mind, I took a trip to the college library to find a book that would have some form of visual representation of that time, with luck I found a handy book called “The 1910’s Britain in Pictures”.

Looking through this book, I realised a lot of the clothes looked very similar to each other which is handy for when it comes to creating characters for our interactive environment. The higher class men would be wearing suits with a long coat to accompany and either a bow-tie or tie along with a bowl hat or a top hat.

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Another key characteristic about men back in the early 20th century was that a minority of them had large mustaches which could be used within character creation to differentiate various characters within a crowd so they wouldn’t look all completely the same.

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Here is another image from the book I found, showing two men stood at a dock. Both wearing posh suits and bowler hats, top hats and bowler hats are also a good way to add diversity to a crowd of people.

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The fashion of the women in the early 1900’s was also unvaried, the images shown above show women more or less wearing very similar items of clothing. Long ankle dresses and large hats with either bows, ribbons or feathers to decorate them with seemed to be idea back then. When thinking about our interactive environment, populating the area with people would be very ideal to show and give an idea of how it would of looked when the troops left for duty, men and women saying farewell, police maintaining the area etc.

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The many variety of hats would create diversity within the crowds of people instead of all the people looking very samey. Above shows what the Royal Navy looked like, who could of been some of the troops leaving for battle. Below are some images of the army back in the early 1900’s, clearly showing various components of their uniform.

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Troops marching along a street.

Also there will be police that would be patrolling and maintaining the area of Hull paragon station. Below are a couple of images that show the officers uniform clearly.

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~ by reeceharry on October 7, 2013.

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