At the start of the century frills and flounces became the fashion. Corsets became less and less popular till in 1909 a new linear silhouette became the fashion as modernism gathered pace. There was an explosion of originality and progressive ideas in art, film and the role of women in society.
Japanese prints, ancient Greece, ethnic elements and oriental themes all influenced fashion They were shown in exotic style motifs and curvier silhouettes.
After the First World War fashion changed drastically waist dropped hemlines were raised which enabled flappers to dance the Charleston and the bunny hop. Jazz became widely popular.