About Vintage 1920s Flapper Dresses
The 1920s saw a new wave of culture following the First World War. The appearance of the 'flapper' signalled a new breed of modern woman. The term flapper was used to describe women who broke from convention and followed new trends which were increasing in popularity but challenged previous traditions and social conventions. Flappers had bob haircuts, wore short skirts, make up and flaunted themselves. Their modern way of dressing rejected the stiffness of Edwardian corsets and Victorian bustles and was instead free and liberal.
One of the most common sights on 1920s flappers was the flapper dress, a particular style of garment worn by these new age women. The flapper dress had a much shorter skirt than society was used to, stopping at the knee or above rather than at ankle length. Instead of high collars the necklines were often scooped and waistlines were lower, resting at the hip rather than under the bust.
The flapper dress frequently features beading or lace with fringing or layering at the hem. Tassels are also a common sight on flapper dresses, either at necklines or hemlines. The dresses are sleeveless, which allowed original flappers to show off their arms as well as their legs, but some modernised flapper style dresses feature small or capped sleeves. Some dresses feature all-over fringing whilst others are more simple. The dresses can come in paler shades such as beige or striking colours such as red or black.
1920s styles and fashions became increasingly popular following the emergence of period dramas such as Downton Abbey and films such as The Great Gatsby, which showed the emergence of the modern woman.