Friday, May 10, 2013

Retro-Spect: {The 1920s}

The Great Gatsby opened in theaters this week and I thought, what great way to give a celebratory nod, than reminisce upon the fashion of this era as it inspires looks today and what it actually looked like in the 1920s.

Women's trends in this era consisted mostly of drop-waisted sheath-like dress with pleated or slitted skirts adorned with embellishments as well.  But this type of style actually resonated with the younger generation at the time as it was not as conservative comparably to the older women that came before them.  These dresses presented much more of a freedom for ladies to enjoy themselves at dances and parties.  Elsa Schiaparelli was a major designer in this period who focused on this type of silhouette comparing it to the stylings of the Greeks and Romans, inspired by tunics and the goddesses.

Popular actresses who fore fronted fashion trends in this decade consisted of Mary Pickford who starred in The Love Light and My Best GirlMarion Davies featured in Beauty's Worth and The Patsy and Louise Brooks as seen in Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl.

Even now fashion is still inspired by this bygone era, integrating the classic silhouette into modern day collections with throwback embellishments and swinging skirts.


Mary Pickford | Marion Davies | Louise Brooks


| Dress patterns from the 1920s |










All runway images via style.com
All celebrity and dress pattern images via Google search.

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