1920 's Women 's Fashion

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Amanda Ramirez History 207 Professor Greer Golda 23 April 2017 1920’s Women’s Fashion: Research Paper “In any era, fashion is a reflection of the time and what is going on in the culture politically, socially and economically.”1 The 1920’s witnessed a variety of dramatic changes for women; these changes, such as shorter dresses and stronger attitudes occurred primarily after World War I in spite of the prolonged development of women 's’ rights through 1914 and 1920. With their new hair, fashion styles, and attitudes, women had started what became known as the “Flapper Era”. Before the World War I, the role of a women was very clear; it involved participating in domestic jobs, (such as housekeeping, laundry, sewing, etc.) if lucky, while…show more content…
Hence the “birth of the flapper”; women’s new lifestyles were forming, giving them the ability to ‘start fresh’. Furthermore, in spite of women gaining independence they started to shock society by their rebellious fashion styles and attitudes. Their rebellious attitudes were shown mainly through fashion choices: hemlines got raised, more jewelry became worn, makeup got heavier and hair became shorter.1 According to the 1920’s Vanity Fair, these magazines allowed people to stay updated on Women’s Suffrage and fashion ideas. In the light of, 1920’s Vanity Fair, many of the images shown were of women’s fashion which consisted of ‘Flappers’ who were the progressive, sexually liberated woman of the 1920’s.45 The Vanity Fair images showed the typical flapper, who were known for their bobbed hair, excessive makeup and costume jewelry.45 Instead of dark stockings, she wore flesh-colored stockings that exposed the leg, especially since hemlines were up six to ten inches above the ankle. Instead of high laced shoes, the flapper wore low pumps that showed off her ankles. Although, what the images fail to show was the shame that young flappers brought to their society.6 These “Flapper” behaviors were not the “normal traditional lady like behaviors” that were seen before World War I, instead of the traditional housewives and mother’s the society became used to, flappers listened to jazz music, danced, drank alcohol,
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