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Fashion During the Harlem Renaissance
Transcript of Fashion During the Harlem Renaissance
By Kelsey, Bonnie & Alyson P.1
Transition into the Harlem Renaissance
During the Victorian era, women molded themselves to appear older. But once the Harlem Renaissance emerged, women strove to look youthful. Dresses and clothing items were made to perfectly fit the body due to fact that people were dancing and staying active. Hair styles also developed,with women cutting their hair short to match the new popular "bob" haircut.
Clothing was designed to express grace and elegance
Silk gloves and high-heeled shoes were essential
Cocktail and Flapper dresses with rhinestone and embellishments were extremely popular
Pearls were a necessity
A ring over silk gloves was a signature look
Fur coats were added
Cloche hats originating from France, and made out of velvet, satin or felt became popular
Suits were worn for all occasions and made out of fabrics such as wool and linen
Hats with a matching feather were a trend
Zoot suits were the most popular suit which consisted of long jackets with baggy pants
Pocket watches and handkerchiefs were well-liked during this time period
Victorian vs. Harlem Renaissance
How it shaped today's fashion...
Women were covered with long, full, and heavy dresses.
Dresses were light and risque, straying far from the older styles.
Hem lines were raised significantly
Shorter "bob" cut with finger-curls
Victorian vs. Harlem Renaissance: Men
Josephine Baker: Fashion Icon
Did You Know That...
During the 1920s, it was quite common for people to wear multiple outfit per day
At the beginning of the twentieth century, ready-to-wear clothes became available for women to purchase. Before that, they went to dressmakers or women sewed their own.
Jeanne Lanvin invented the Robe de Style, which is made of silk and velvet.
Cloche hats, which were popular during the Harlem Renaissance, were often made of horsehair.
French blue, green and light orange were common colors worn during this era.
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker moved to New York during the Harlem Renaissance. There she started her long legacy as a fashion icon and performer. After her days in Harlem she was recruited to Paris where she wore and owned only the finest things, handmade by designers such as Louis Vuitton and Coco Chanel. Today she is still an icon, showing up as inspiration in Prada's 2011 spring collection.
Suits were made from a lot less fabric.
Suits had become less ornate.
Shoes with heels were no longer worn by men.
Men's accesories were a lot more extravagant.
Suits were composed of many pieces.
Suits were more restricting.
During the Harlem Renaissance fashion changed drastically, paving the way for a new era of fashion. Dresses were shortened, and clothes in general were made of less material. Today designers look towards the 1920s all the time for inspiration.
Coco Chanel was an icon during the Harlem Renaissance. Coco Chanel was a designer and her brand is still thriving today. During the Harlem Renaissance, she eliminated excess materials and replaced the excess with beading and embroidery. Coco also made her designs simple but elegant. She simplified fashion by removing many of the layers that were commonly worn by women during the Victorian era.
Coco Chanel: Fashion Icon