Fashion in the 1920’s

a pair of drawers. corset cover. The S-Shaped corset provided women with the desired look of a large Monobosom and a 16” waist. and flannel petticoats.The Edwardian Silhouette • Edwardian undergarments were intricately created to provide women with a standardized figure that was considered fashionable. cotton petticoats. camisole. • • 13 . An Edwardian woman’s undergarments consisted of a corset.

Factors that lead to the reforms of fashion in the 1920’s • World War I • Newfound buying power in the Roaring Twenties • Feminine Liberation Movement and the 19th amendment • Prohibition • Advancements in the textile and garment industries • Ready-to-wear fashion • Fashion Magazines .

women began wearing more alluring clothing to attract a husband. After the war women continued to work outside of the home.World War I • During the War. women entered the workforce to fill jobs left open by soldiers. constrictive undergarments such as whalebone corsets were abandoned to allow for an ease of movement Also with the lack of men due to the war and its aftermath. Women’s fashion altered to suit the workforce. • • 11 .

Newfound buying power in the Roaring Twenties • The Economic prosperity of the Roaring Twenties allowed more women access to luxurious clothing. 10 . • More woman began buying their clothing as opposed to making them themselves.

15 77 . a direct result of the newly gained right to vote and the strong cries for further female empowerment.Feminine Liberation Movement and the 19th Amendment • The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 was a large leap forward for Women’s Rights. • Women soon began wearing loose pantsuits called “pajama suits”.

revealing. • Women soon began drinking in public at Speakeasies. 9 .Prohibition • Due to Prohibition. and freeing. drinking took place in the home and women became included in drinking. • This new social freedom was matched in fashion with new styles that were more scandalous.

rapidly evolving women’s styles were more available to those of lower economic standing. as opposed to just the economic elite. the new luxurious styles were available to the middle class.Advancements in the textile and garment industries • With the Garment Industry becoming increasingly Industrialized. 12 .

stores began selling clothing. carrying outfits in a variety of sizes to fit almost any customer. the style was dictated by fashion magazines. • Because Women were more frequently buying their clothing as opposed to making it.Ready-to-wear fashion • Because clothing was now easily manufactured. 2 .

Fashion Magazines 1 8 7 90 .

shift types dresses with no waist emerge •1926. also dresses become more fitted •Oct.first American plant begins producing the new synthetic silk •1923."One Hour dress" designed •1928. 24.the Stock Market crashes .Waistline drops to a point between the natural waist and the hip •1924. synthetic silk is named Rayon •1925. 1929.Artificial silk created in France from a cellulose fiber •1910.hemline rises to the knee.Waistline drops to the hip.Fashion Timeline •1891.

lean.Characteristics of 1920’s Fashion • Loose-fitting clothing • Dropped. flat-chested silhouette • An overall androgynous appearance . loose waistlines • Shorter hems on some styles of dresses • Loose fitting pants for women • A long.

The Progression of Style through the Decade • As the decade proceeded. • Hemlines rose from an inch below the knee to knee-length • Waistlines dropped to the hips and then disappeared altogether creating a shift dress . fashion continued to rapidly change.

• Flappers smoked from long cigarette holders. and exposed limbs. a short shapeless dress.Flapper Fashion • The Symbol of the Roaring Twenties. . emerged in 1926 and embodied the decades modern fashion elements such as short sleek hair. • Flappers had a reputation that added to their style as well. and a flat chest. and danced to jazz with reckless abandonment of propriety. applied makeup in public. the Flapper.

Flappers 3 89 4 6 5 .

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