Fashions For the Flappers
Funky Fashions From Four Flappers
Flappers gave women all over the U.S.A. more freedom. Women were allowed to wear short skirts and the waistline on the dresses dropped. Women soon discarded their corsets and took on new looks. Before the twenties women were not allowed to show their ankles. By 1926 they wore dresses that had showed their knees.
The nude look was bare arms, bare neck, and bare legs. It used sheer fabrics, like satins, chiffons, tulles, organzas, and silk. Madeleine Vionnet became mistress of the "bias cut." That is cutting the fabric diagonally across the grain for a draping effect.
Hats were very stylish daytime wear. Some were placed on the side of the head for stylish looks. They were small, neat, and easy accessories.
By 1921 and 1922 nearly all women got their hair cut short, or as they called it, bobbed. Then the shingle came out, it was a bit waved. It was fashionable for all hair to be short, male or female.
A "one hour dress" was designed for women to get dressed faster and easier. The "one hour dress" was designed in 1926 by the Women's Fashion Institute. It was to be made in one hour.
Julie Andrews had a flapper look that everyone adored. The movie she starred in was made in Hollywood in 1967. It was called "Throughly Modern Millie."
Common colors were nuetral colors, such as beige and white. But a Russian Ballet showed off the bright colors like purple and orange.
A musical comedy's song in 1925 was an imformal anthem for the flappers.
"Flappers are we
Flappers and fly and free.
Never to slow
All on the go...
Dizzy with dangerous glee"