The Roaring 20′s have returned to fashion. The 20′s have been alive and well on the catwalk and on the big screen. Movies such as Midnight in Paris, the silent film The Artist, and the upcoming film The Great Gatsby all take place in the 20′s and showcase fashion from the era. The 1920′s was a remarkable age for the arts. All of the films that I listed center around a few of the brilliant artist and artworks of the era. The Roaring 20′s symbolized an era of prosperity and change for many cultures. The evolution of the flapper image in fashion and history exemplified a new age, modern woman. The Harlem Renaissance redefined African American culture, the culture became engrossed with racial pride and it featured some of the most extraordinary intellectuals, literary, visual, and musical artist in history. The cultural freedom brought new personal freedoms; the women wore short dresses, excessive makeup, bobbed hair and revolutionized fashion. Designers such as Frida Giannini at Gucci and Ralph Lauren drew 1920′s inspiration for their collections.
Below I put together a few 1920′s inspired looks. In the 1920′s, sequins and embellishments were one of the most important elements of the era’s glamour. The 20′s was all about the details; uneven hemlines and pleating were important details. This look has a 20′s inspiration with a modern edge. The color blocking and animal print combines a few current trends with the vintage inspiration.
Accessories were one of the most important elements of the 20′s style. Very rarely did a lady leave the house without a purse, hat and gloves. Cloche hats became popular in the 20′s, the bell shaped hats were designed to be worn low on the forehead just above the eyes. Dresses with straight, flat silhouettes were the most common dresses in the 20′s.
Most people reference 20′s fashion to the flapper look. The sequins and beaded dresses are the most recognizable dresses from this time. Feathers were also commonly adorned on headdresses and other accessories.
Chiffon was the most common fabrics for pleated looks. This fabric combination is a style that is very current. I accessorized it with a beaded headband and long pearls, which were also popular accessories in the 20′s. I added edge to the look by pairing it with a leather bomber jacket and platform ankle boots.
For this look I combined several 20′s inspired accessories that are current in fashion. Fur was all the rage in the 20′s and furry accessories are currently everywhere. Turbans were a popular 1920′s evening wear hair accessory when embellished.
Here are two brief videos on the style of women in the 1920′s and the Harlem Renaissance!
What do you Devotee’s think, will you be incorporating 20′s inspired looks into your wardrobe?
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