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1920s Period

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Nikki Blacky

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of 1920s Period

An Insight to the Roaring Twenties Rebelling against the fashion:
Fashion of the 1920’s was time of excessive decorations and fancy décor
oThis period was also a time of growth, development and independence which was reflected on the dress and style
o1920’s was a change in roles for women, represented a time of image
American society was so consumed by image that the desires of the world were through image and materialism
Americans were “lost in a world of fun, parties and reckless freedom” (Bae)
Time of glitz and glamour that reality was lost and the one’s image was the main focus/ force in fashion
The younger generation especially was most influential in fashion
“Flappers” and “Bright Young Things” were the ones to start wearing shorter skirts and more revealing articles of clothing
oAnkles and calves were showing
oEvenings gowns lost their backings
oBasic innovation of 1920s was the revelation of beauty of skin
Previously showing bare skin was scandalous and immoral but the sex appeal and image became more attractive and the image of wildness and rebellion took over
Not only where the clothing style changing but the materials were changing as well
o Materials became a symbol of sex appeal
o Chiffon
o Long elegant yards of silk
o Crepes
o Voiles
o Georgette
Materials represented the delicacy, gracefulness and smooth sleekness of a woman

After the war women did not put corset back on
Women did have the Victorian figure or the hourglass figure
o Became against using clothing to make their body look a certain way

Musical influence
Dance also played a vital role in fashion
Ballroom dance like the waltz made the “new, modern woman.”
o Was for women in corsets that could not very much
Charleston and foxtrot included leg-kicking and shaking of the body and moving the arms
Shorter skirts moved more leg kicking
This new kind of dancing was not possible for corseted women; this showed more freedom and movement (breathing)

Made look mannish
o Did not want to see them as separate lesser human beings
o Corsets gave the men the impressions that women were weak
o Flappers tried to get away from negative image of a weak and helpless woman
Women’s Suffrage
Women’s rights proposed in United States in July 1848 at Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott
The right to vote caused for more radical tactics to work for a federal suffrage movement to the Constitution
o Picketing the White House
o Staging large suffrage marches and demonstrations, going to jail
In1913, Alice Paul, radical for women’s rights lead a march of eight thousand participants on President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration day
In 1917, Alice Paul led march around White House on Wilson’s second inaugural
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