| Roaring Twenties
Twenties fashions flattered
boyish figures and hid the female form. Dresses were sleeveless,
lacked waistlines, pulled over the head, and were banded or decorated
at the hips. A crop of new designers rose to fame, including Patou,
Molyneux and Le-Long. Schiparelli was introduced, while Lanvin and
Web Sites | Books
Web Sites about 1920s Fashions and Culture
Flapper Culture and Style
This essay is illustrated with photos and describes flapper
style and how it related to the jazz age. The career of influential
flapper Louise Brooks is discussed, along with keys to getting
a flapper look and links to related twenties fashion sites and
other famous flappers.
Timeline of Costume History - The 1920s
This link list will tell you where else to go for twenties
fashion information. It is simply the best place to conduct
a search when there's little time.
1920s-1930s Freeware Clip Art on Fashion
Another page linked from the same site, this is nothing
but free images of flapper hair, lingerie, and hosiery and other
finery. Most of this comes off a CD ROM clip art disc, but it
makes things easier to have the images pre-selected and ready
to download for school or personal use.
(NOTE TO LANA - I SEE NOTHING FROM THIS SITE EXCEPT FOR
A FREE STUFF PAGE WITH CLIP ART BUT NOTHING ELSE WITH THI
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Books About 1920s Fashions and Culture
Everyday Fashions of the Twenties As Pictured in Sears and Other
by Stella Blum (Editor)
Everyday Fashions 1909-1920 as Pictured in Sears Catalogs,
Edited by Jo Anne Olian
This volume features vintage Sears catalog pages. Loaded
with black and white photos and line drawings, it as a quick,
convenient visual reference that is easily found in bookstores.
The 1920s (Fashion Sourcebooks)
by John Reacock
As a spin-off from John Peacock's highly successful 20TH
CENTURY FASION, his new series of Fashion Sourcebooks looks
at each decade separately. Along with detailed drawings, complete
descriptions of each garment itemize various elements of style.
A reference section charts the evolution of shapes and includes
biographies of outstanding designers of the day.
Fashions of the Early Twenties, The 1921 Philipsborn's
This Chicago mail order company was a competitor to Sears.
The Spring and Summer catalog has house dresses, "mourning"
outfits and embe. This book offers a quick yet informative look
at the most popular styles of the early twenties, including
undergarments and accessories.
Fashions of a Decade: The 1920s
by Jacqueline Herald
This quick reference book is part of a series that examines
each decade's fashion news. There's plenty of full color photos
and a biography of books for further reading, with top designers
and historical events noted in a timeline.
The Golden Age of Style: Art Deco Fashion Illustration
edited by Julian Robinson
A feast for the eyes, this 1976 book is still available
in used bookstores and libraries. It is illustrated in full
color and shows top designers who were influenced by the Art
Deco movement in design, roughly spanning the years 1901-1939.
Fashion in the Twenties and Thirties
by Jane Dorner
This is an excellent source that details the common looks
of each decade with photographs and captions. This 1973 book
has many rare illustrations and shows quirky items like early
sportswear, bathing suits, wedding attire, and undergarments.
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
A collection of over 800 antique sewing and needlework patterns
covering periods of 1870 - the late 1940s. Only members may
check out patterns, but paying the fee allows free check out,
discounts on pattern purchases, and the chance to check out
more than one pattern at time. From the teen patterns include
those from rare French fashion magazines and British fashion
patterns. This is a fantastic idea.
The Canadian Virtual Museum - Virtual Fashion Hat Exhibition
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Movies Displaying 1920s Style
Here are some films to help show how fashions of this decade
looked and moved.
This 1927 silent film features Clara Bow, a popular twenties
actress who oozes flapper style with bobbed hair, bee sting
lips and bold costumes. Following this movie, she was referred
to as the "It" girl.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
This 1967 movie starring Julie Andrews was set in New York
during the 1920s. It features flapper style clothing including
bobbed hair, dropped waistline dresses, and tight fitting cloche
The 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was turned
into a movie starring Robert Redford in 1974. This classic launched
a new appreciation for twenties style and vintage clothing during
the seventies. This movie shows twenties style for both men
and women, especially evening wear.
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