Monday, January 24, 2011
The term flapper was first used in the 1920 movie by Frances Marion, The Flapper. The movie starred Olive Thomas who had been cast in a similar role in 1917. Some of her last movies portrayed her as a flapper. Following Olive Thomas' lead, other actresses like Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Collen Moore and Joan Crawford began taking similar roles.
With the rise in hemlines there was also a rise in shoe sales. Dresses of the previous era made it nearly impossible to see what shoes a girl was wearing. However, now that shorter dresses were in style, shoes were in high demand. The fact that shoes could now be mass manufactured helped meet women's need for shoes.
T bar shoes were the style preferred by women at the time. The name of these shoes comes from the T shaped strap that runs along the top of the wearers foot. These stylish shoes were no lower than 2 inches. They were usually closed toe, but were just as fashionable in the peep toe style. Usually T bar shoes were embellished with some sort of bow or buckle. Wedged heels were another part in the shoes design.
The hairstyle of choice during the 20's was a short cropped bob. Differed variations of the bob include the Bob cut, Etron crop, and Shingle Bob. Finger Waving was a common method to style the hair. hats were also considered very fashionable, mainly the Newsboy cap and Cloche hat.
As for jewelry, women typically wore long beaded necklaces, art deco pieces, pins, rings and brooches. Not only that but horned-rimmed glasses were also popular.