The 1920’s were a time of high drama and high contrast. From the heroic return of veterans from the largest scale war mankind had ever known to the burgeoning Jazz scene that encouraged women to throw off overly restrictive undergarments and dance, dance, dance.
Flappers fascinate me, being a flapper wasn’t just a style choice, it has become associated with a frame of mind and way of life. In the Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, it states, “In America, a flapper has always been a giddy, attractive and slightly unconventional young thing who, in [H. L.] Mencken’s words, ‘was a somewhat foolish girl, full of wild surmises and inclined to revolt against the precepts and admonitions of her elders.'”
In my mind this means they were a little scandalous, a little brazen, a whole lot of uncontrollable and dare I say it modern. Coco Chanel is one of the most easily recognisable names to have really come from this era and in her own words:
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
Let’s get a little revolting ladies, sometimes a girl needs to be wilful.