1920s Fashion – Dress for your Silhouette

Choosing the right design for your figure – When planning or selecting clothes, the body should be thought of as a unit. Garments should be chosen, not as an isolated hat, blouse or skirt, but as part of a whole scheme. The main parts of the 1920s silhouette are: 1. The mass of the head, including the hair, whether arranged high,…

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1920s Fashion - Modes from Paris 1928

1920s Fashion – Modes from Paris 1928

Art Gout Beaute Magazine 1928 – While the latest summer frocks are enjoying their brilliant but ephemeral existence at the Deauville, Le Touquet, and La Baule casinos, and while these fashionable seaside resorts are covered with a bewildering display of colors, the dress designers are showing the first of the winter fashions to foreign buyers. Modes from Paris 1928 –…

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Screen Debut of the Little Black Dress 1927

IT Girl Clara Bow launches an iconic dress – It’s commonly accepted that the little black dress made it’s first appearance via Paris designer Coco Chanel in French Vogue 1926. It was listed as Chanel’s Ford Dress (named after black Model T Ford car). It was a simple sketch of a black crepe de chine day frock with a bodice which…

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Crazy 1920’s Flapper Makeup Scene

Colleen Moore Manic Flapper Makeup Scene 1923 Colleen Moore plays up the flapper in this funny 1920s ‘makeup’ scene from the 1923 film Flaming Youth

1920s Silhouette – Clara Bow vs Venus

1920s Silhouette – Clara Bow vs Venus de Milo. Another post on the subject of the 1920s gamine silhouette. Clara Bow was without question one of the biggest silent movie stars in Hollywood and all women’s eyes turned to her for beauty inspiration. We put this comparison together of the measurements of  the ancient Greek statue of Venus de Milo…

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The Rise and Fall of the 1920’s Flapper

Short history of the iconic 1920’s Flapper girl – Where did the 1920’s Flapper come from? In 1929, a famous New York Times article by Mildred Adams declared ‘ The Death of the Flapper’ and in many ways, her declaration was true. ” Time had once again caught up with women’s liberation in fashion. The hems of skirts began to…

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1920’s Dress Fashion – Visual Timeline from 1921 to 1929

This visual 1920’s fashion timeline can be read as an appendage to: 1920’s Dress Fashion – The Rise and Fall of the Flapper 1920’s Dress Fashion – Visual 1920s clothing Timeline from 1921 to 1929. A 1920’s fashion timeline of French day and evening dress styles from 1921 to 1929 with imagery from the  L’Officiel de la Mode Archives. The…

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The 1920’s Silhouette

The 1920’s Silhouette The Woman’s body shape saved by Hollywood ! The 1920’s began with the disappearance of the female silhouette altogether ! Women’s wear became more mannish. The waist was gone, bust was gone, shoulders broader and hair much shorter. The new silhouette emphasized a flat chest and any womanly curves were eliminated as the line became more simplified…

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1920’s Fashion – Women’s Dress and Style

We have now updated this popular post to a much more in-depth and fully illustrated page – A Concise Illustrated History of 1920s Women’s Fashion ! Also if you’re a fan of the 1940s, read the Concise history of fashion – 1940 to 1949. They’re entertaining and an educational read and packed with oodles of imagery and links. Each is a BIG page…

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Hollywood Glamour – The ideal female body shape

Hollywood Glamour – The ideal female body shape Anita Page and the ‘ Ideal Screen Type ‘ 1928 Hollywood constantly measured the perfection of it’s starlets beauty against ideal types. The examples include Norma Talmadge /Pola Negri /Clara Bow / Gloria Swanson / Gilda gray / Aileen Pringle /Mary Pickford / and of course Garbo !