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Women's fashion in the 1920s

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Amy Tarrillion

on 10 April 2011

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Transcript of Women's fashion in the 1920s

Women's fashion and lifestyle in the 1920s Showing Skin--Changes from 1910s Economic growth in all classes of Americans after World War I allowed more women to embrace fashion as a luxury and lifestyle

Women started to feel empowered to choose clothes they wanted with the right to vote in 1920

The straight “dropped waist” 1920’s dresses with the rising hemlines, bold colors, and luxurious fabrics signaled a major shift in the way people looked at the role of fashion in society.

The world was full of choices for the 20’s woman. And one of the easiest ways for a woman to assert her choices in society was to choose what she wanted to wear. The old Victorian fashions would not work in this new world.

While Victorian fashions emphasized opulence and “largeness”, 1920s fashions stressed slenderness, mobility, and grace

Many fashions were modeled after menswear, After the first world war (1914-18) when women's dress became more mannish, each year seemed to get more severe in line which almost emphasised the feminine woman beneath. Female clothes became looser and more shapeless in fit. The bust was suppressed, the waist disappeared, the shoulders became broader and hair shorter and shorter.

1910 Fashions 1920s Fashion Lifestyle Changes No longer was it uncommon for a young “lady” to go out drinking, or to go out all dancing all night at some jazz filled speakeasy. Nor was it uncommon for her to assert herself, speak her mind, vote, or work at a job.

Dangerous reputations were the calling card of the popular young girls of the 1920’s. Cigarettes, whiskey, make-up, short dresses, and bobbed-hair were part of the social structure.


The Bob and The Cloche Short Hair
The 1920s saw a universal fashion for short hair a more radical move beyond the curtain styles of the war era. Hair was first bobbed, then shingled, then Eton cropped in 1926-7. An Eton crop was considered daring and shocked some older citizens, since hair had always been thought a woman's crowning glory. Only maiden aunts and elderly women avoided the severe shorter styles. The Cloche Hat
Women wore cloche hats throughout the twenties. A cloche hat told everyone that you had short hair. It was only possible to get a close fitting cloche on the skull if the hair was cropped short and flat. The cloche hat affected body posture as it was pulled well over the eyes which meant young women held their heads at a specific angle in order to see where they were going. This gave women a haughty air and attitude, as they had to look down on others in order to be able to see. A Consumerist and Luxury-Driven Society Up until the 1920s, fashion had been
considered the domain of high society. Women of all social classes begin pursuing fashion as a right and a lifestyle.

During the 1920s, we see an entire industry develop in a woman's pursuit of her right to fashion.
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