The 1920’s were the time of the flapper, the Charleston, and a huge shift in the world of fashion. In our last post, we mentioned Susie’s love for the TV show- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and after thinking about it, we thought you might enjoy a glimpse of some of the fabulous clothing from the series and a little information about fashion history of the 20’s!!
Fashion has indeed changed throughout history, and one of the biggest shifts came in the 1920’s. Believe it or not, fashion is shaped by the society and all the events taking place at the time.
Coco Chanel said it really well!!
‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” –Coco Chanel
After World War I, the world was changing rapidly in so many different ways. Cars and planes were moving people from one place to another so quickly. Some of the changes were across the board- customs, technology, manufacturing all rocketed into the 20th century.
Fashion was not about to be left behind! Women were on the move! They were ready to go to work, dance, socialize, and be no longer tortured by the corsets and crinoline!!! We know………… Scandalous, right???? LOL – not at all!! Fashion adjusted to produce beautiful clothing that allowed our sisters to move and dance!!
Hemlines were on the rise. First to the Midcalf and then just below the knee!!! While the hemlines were rising, the waistlines were dropping. They started just below the bustline in 1920, fell between the breasts and natural waist in 1921, and by 1922 were at the hips.
Floral prints were the rage, and soft pastel colors in “Nile Green” “Sunset Orange” “French Blue” and “Maze” were the most popular colors for women.
Evening dresses were fabulous and made with materials which were elegant and expensive. Velvet, silk, feathers, beads were just some of the elements used in the construction of these dreamy dresses.
Now, enters the hat- the glorious cloche hat!!!! Iconic and trend setting, this item was made of velvet, satin, horsehair, straw or felt. The word, cloche, which means “bell” in French, hid a woman’s hair and allowed her to tuck it up into the hat. The women of this time also took to cutting their hair short so that it would be the perfect length for the cloche!!! Susie has long had a serious hat crush on the cloche, but as of yet has not acquiesced to getting her hair cut in a bob!!
Some variations of the standard cloche were the gigolo hat with it’s wider brim and crease at the top. One side dipped lower than the other, giving women a “devil may care” nonchalance!!!
Women even began to wear pants more often and there were certain styles of women’s shoes that were unique to this decade as well. Some of the breakout shoe styles included the ankle strap button shoe, the t-bar shoe, and shoes trimmed with sequins or other materials.
We think it is fair to say that designers threw caution to the wind – after all, least we forget, we girls gained the right to vote in 1920!!!!! Can we get a hallelujah and an amen!!!!!!!
The creativity and beauty of the fashion of the 20’s is not to be questioned, especially since the styles and components of the looks are with us today in the never ending parade of designs on the runways each season!
We love the direction that the 20’s brought to the fashion world and so enjoy incorporating the looks into our style! We also hope you enjoyed our trip back in time with the photos from the TV series!!
As the weekend comes to a close, we wish you a fabulous Sunday evening and an awesome start to your new week!!! Love and kisses!!!