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Fashion of the 1920's

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Emily Atwood

on 5 February 2014

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Fashion of the 1920's
Undercover garments
The Combustion Age
The Male Image
What was "Fashion of the 1920's"?
Single middle class women from northern cities.
Had new and different type of fashion
>Short hair(shoulder length)
>Short, shapeless, colorful dresses
>Bandages to flatten their chests
>High heels
>Wore lots of makeup(applied in public)
>Smoked cigarettes
-Protective clothing was an essential part of wardrobe when the automobile became more popular.
-Fur coats, introduced to America from France, became popular especially during colder months.
-Fur coats were often made out of hamster, squirrel, beaver, white rabbit, and seal skin or fur.
-Goggles and beekeeper style bonnets were also very popular to stay warm.
-Because roads were mainly dirt, people wore long sleeve shirts, hoods with visors, leather leggings, and fur foot covers to keep the dirt off their fancy clothing.
Practical Image

-Men's fashion was youthful and casual during the 1920s.
-Many new clothing styles became popular such as frocks, country coats, and lounge suits.
-Frocks: waisted coat almost reaching the knees. Worn over vests, trousers, or worn open.
-Country coat: loose fitted overcoat that tied and the waist and had a pleat down the back.
-Men also began slicking their hair back and parting it in the middle.
-Long hair was frowned upon and was considered too "artistic".
-Hats also became very popular for men during the 1920's
-Fedoras were worn almost everyday, straw hats were worn during the summer months, and short billed hats were worn while golfing.
Arabian Nights
-Theater and ballet greatly influenced fashion in the 1920s.
-Bright colors, exotic lines and shapes, and patters took place of pale pastels in art, fashion, and furnishings.
-Designers such as Lucile and Paul Poiret based many of their clothing designs on costumes used during theatrical shows.
-In 1909, Paul made many items of clothing popular such as harlem pants, turbans, and tunics with batwing sleeves.
-Although many of Paul Poiret's designs were outrageous, many of his ideas were translated into accessories and furnishings.
-Paul Poiret is equivalent to Ralph Lauren in today's America.
The first years for women to go from restrictive, formal clothing, to more comfortable clothes
From formal to sporty, shorter dresses and luxurious embellishments proved to be the icon of the decade
Flappers of the decade were
the iconic night out outfits. Silk dresses, fur coats, flatter chests, and tons of embellished headbands made the bobbed hair and Arabian looks

French influence had the strongest impact on women's wear
The beautiful blend between fashion and function
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The ideal undercover garments of the time for women were designed to desexualise figures and create a boyish silhouette in order to express women's new found social freedoms and discourage the stereotype of femininity.
1. During the 1920's, why did Americans think it was important to wear such extravagant clothing everywhere they went?

2. How did social and technological advances at the time alter or affect ways of dress?

3. How did the war and other needs for practical clothing transform the era’s fashion?

4. What main, political and social areas drove women into a more neutral, boyish style clothing as oppose to year's previous extremely feminine clothing?

5. How did flappers revolutionize the way women acted and how they were treated?

6. How did different articles of clothing emphasize a person's wealth or social class in society?

7. Use three words to describe fashion in the 1920's. Explain.

The looser, longer, chest flattening corset became more common throughout the 1920's
The changing roles of women in society after the war created a new, liberating look for women to portray their growing dominance in modern society
One of the most important inventions of the twenties was 'the bra' designed by a socialite, Mary Phelps Jacob in 1913
As dresses got shorter, the need for stockings created both skin color and colorful silk stockings worn under elaborate loose dresses
The swimsuit-a bold outfit to wear- was one of many new revealing looks commonly worn amongst young women
Had a new life styles
>Set out to have a good time
>Painted faces, drank cocktails, smoked(Things men did)
>Experimented with sex often
>Night life(Dancing and Partying)
Completing the Outfit
The iconic hats of the 20's were the Cloche Hat and the high hat designed to emphasize social status and height.
Hats also started growing wider in the 1910's
Stylish day shoes were made of leather, with laces and buttons, but night time shoes consisted of straighter, embellished heels, great for dancing
The 'Cuban Heel'
The 'Cloche Hat'
Deerskin Gloves
Turbans and Head Wraps
made out of silk were a fashion statement for the night out or on the beach
Beaded Bags of the 1920's were made from leather and a metal frame, surrounded by beads and embellishments which could dress up any outfit, particularly for evening wear
Some women began to dress more like men(Suits) to gain political recognition.

Many clothes were made in sweatshops. Sweated labor was run by women and children that worked long hours, in bad conditions, and were poorly paid.

New type of work for women, harder labor, called for new type of clothing. Shorter and fuller skirts became popular.
Women who joined the army impacted fashion. Army colored military jackets became popular among women.
Certain materials became scarce during the war.
>Barrel Line- Shapeless skirt with skirt curving in towards the hem. High waste line with a loose belt. Corsets abandoned.
Tubular hip shape emerged in fashion
Plain colors worn during the day and vivid colors at night.
The need for practical working clothes was a significant look throughout the 1920's for middle to lower class women
'Tantalizing Turbans
Paul Poiret Designs
Arabian Looks
From dresses to costumes...
Fashion Through The Years
From the early 1800's to the 1920's, dresses became more elaborate, looser, and of course, shorter.
"Fashion in the 1920s: Overview." DISCovering U.S. History. Detroit: Gale, 2003.Student Resources in Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.
"Men's Fashion." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 3: 1920-1929. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

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