FLAPPER DRESS HISTORY – 1920S
Posted on Thursday, October 11 2018 12:55:00 AM in FLAPPER DRESS HISTORY – 1920S by Leanne Russell
Flapper Dresses in the 1920sThe silhouette in the 1920s was known as ‘la garçonne’, which illustrated the boyish and youthful figure that young ladies desired. With this new silhouette in mind, fashions changed to incorporate women’s wishes to hide their curves and showcase a svelte figure yet still exude a glamorous and flirtatious attitude. Flapper dresses were an iconic style of the dress crafted in the 1920s and have become a notable look in vintage trends. There are several elements to its history and characteristics, highlighted below.
Flapper dress beginningsIn the mid-1920s waistlines dramatically dropped to below the hip and a few years after they had completely disappeared. During this time, hemlines started to creep up to above the knee but by the end of the century, hemlines crashed alongside Wall Street and the fashion industry returned to a glamorous and curvaceous silhouette in the early 1930s.
Flapper dress characteristicsThere are specific elements that highlight the beauty of an original vintage flapper dress. These include:
- Uneven split hems
- Handkerchief points that are longer at the back
- Art Deco and Egyptian inspired design
- Seam decoration
- Diagonal lines
- Asymmetric trimmed necklines
- Low cut necks and backs with thin straps
- Pleated panels
- Narrow trailing scarves
Famous flapper dressesAs with many vintage eras, there is always a showcase of iconic designs that were created by fashion designers of that time. The well-known designer Edward Molyneux created one of the most fabulous flapper dresses in 1925. This dress symbolized the glamour yet minimalism of this statement trend. Its strong motifs and perfect cut gave it an edge over other designers. One of his statement dresses displayed beautiful orange silk paired with gold and silver embroidery, a stunning example of this famous trend.
Evening-wear in 1920s fashionMany people characterize 1920s flapper dresses with beautiful evening-wear. It was widely worn in social situations and raised the profile of extravagant party fashion. There were many variations with different motifs, luxurious bedding, and fabulous embellishments. Designer Edward Molyneux created many elegant evening-wear flapper dress examples that were a popular choice in elite social circles. His creations incorporated crystal beading and unconventional surface design. He also experimented with other luscious embellishments including ostrich feathers and buttons that resembled cigarette butts or lipsticks.
Silk satin beaded 1920s flapper dress