Friday, 6 July 2012

The Flapper

    By 1924 flappers were as known for their reckless behaviour smoking and putting makeup on in public as for their style. They would tape up their breast to achieve a boyish and youthful look without any curves. This new silhouette was straight up and down like a board and became known as 'le garçonne' (the flapper.)
Waistlines dropped dramatically in 1925. By 1927 it disappeared altogether and the hem had risen an outrageous 15 inches to just below the knee.

Flapper dresses were loose, straight and sleeveless, with arms, legs and backs exposed for the first time. The short shift dress, fell straight from the shoulder to just below the knee dominated the mid to late 20s.
For daywear the three-piece jersey suit was a must, including a blouse with a patterned cardigan or Chanel style cardigan-jacket was teamed with a narrow pleated skirt. Day dresses were simple with details like horizontal tucks or bias-cut panels.
Coco wearing Chanel jacket
Horizontal tucks

'20s sleeveless rayon
 or silk bias cut dress
Close up of bias cut

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