A blog dedicated to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and everything about the 1920's

This Day In History: 1920's Edition

  • 1925 - The Chrysler Corporation is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Wonder of Flappers

"The term "flapper" first appeared in Great Britian after World War I. It was used to describe young girls, still somewhat awkward in movement who had not yet entered womanhood." (http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/a/flappers.htm) During the 1920s after World War I, American Society took this term to describe the new, rebellious style that was breaking free from the woman who were fed up with all the rules that the old society had given to them.

The young women who were flappers, were all about individuality, freedom, and personal liberty. They wanted to be able to make decisions for themselves such as finding a partner, choosing a career, their sexuality, and their destiny. This was a big move for women because before this, women were conservative and more obedient to what was ordered of them. This was their chance to break free.

These rebellious girls wore skirts and dresses that revealed a little more than what America was used to. Around 1926, the length of these outfits normally remained steady around the calf area. "Hair was first bobbed, then shingled, then Eton cropped in 1926-7. An Eton crop was considered daring and shocked some older citizens, since hair had always been thought a woman's crowning glory. "(http://www.fashion-era.com/flapper_fashion_1920s.htm) They also wore make up. The flappers smoked, drank, partied, and enjoyed life. They were done with the old ways of life and ready for the new. They were also sexual and bold.

Flappers have contributed to our styles today in many ways. It's very accept for girls to wear short skirts and revealing tops in this modern time. Many could look back and say that the Flappers were the start of this change.

1 comment:

  1. Good post. I like your header. How did you know I like fleur-de-lis? :-) Good pictures and information. 75/75

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