Merry Christmas, everybody! While it is not technically my holiday, I still adore Christmas – the songs, the movies, and all things Peppermint! While we get ever closer to yet another year, I thought I would take all of you on a lovely trip down memory lane (it IS the most fashionable street, after all) to the 1920′s. One of my favorite eras, sartorially and otherwise, I am outrageously excited for Baz Luhrman‘s take on The Great Gatsby coming out next year and for the sure to follow resurgence in flapper fashion! So, join me in celebrating this amazing era, won’t you?
The 1920′s saw the vast expansion of Hollywood and movie-going as a popular pastime. Both the films and theaters were grand, opulent, and attracted a sophisticated crowd looking for entertainment. For most of the decade, it was silent films that reigned supreme until sound and, later, music appeared in 1926. Also in the ’20s, the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began their presentation of a little awards show called The Academy Awards.
Between prohibition and speakeasies, there was a clear division between what was considered ‘proper’ in the 1920′s. Known as The Jazz Age, the Twenties was when jazz and jazz-inspired dance music began to rise in popularity. Female flappers liked to shimmy and shake on the dance floor, mixing up traditional gender roles in the process.
A grand departure from the buttoned-up and down 19th century, the 1920′s brought fashion into the modern era. Women, along with their desire for political and social freedoms, also desired a less strict dress code. They began wearing pants, looser and shorter dresses, masculine-inspired styles, and opulent accessories. Classic flapper dresses were functional, comfortable and allowed women to express themselves on and off the dance floor. There was a definite movement away from what was considered ‘right’, as women began to excogitate their own social and aesthetic codes.