One thing I love about fashion is the way it evolves over time. An overview on every era shows they each have their distinct elements yet at the same time, when you look closely each development is somewhat inspired by its predecessors. Our modern day fashion is often a make up of inspirations from the past, our latest trends, making an evolution of fashion from the distant past.
Personally, I find past fashions very intriguing. Fashion moves along with social developments and each era has its own distinctive features which is more or less a reflection of society at the time. Before I go any further and change this to a social history blog, let me show you one of my favourite fashion eras of all time – the 1920’s.
For those of you who have seen the film Midnight in Paris, you may recall the story is about a young writer named Gil who travels back in time to the 1920’s, a time when society is liberated, and all forms of art and culture flourished in this age of enlightenment. I’m a bit like Gil myself, a little nostalgic at times, wondering what life would have been like in that golden age. What draws me to the 1920’s other than Picasso, Hemmingway etc is the 1920’s flappers.
The Times described flappers as ” the social butterfly type… the frivolous, scantily-clad, jazzing flapper, irresponsible and undisciplined, to whom a dance, a new hat, or a man with a car, were of more importance than the fate of nations.”
A style pioneered by Coco Chanel, it is a style which abandoned the corsets for comfort, flamboyant ball gowns for straight-line chemise, and yet it very much retains its femininity and popularity to this day.
Edward Molyneux (1926-27)