The twenties, also known as the jazz age, was a period of economic prosperity as well as social, artistic and cultural dynamism. Beginning in major cities like, New York, Chicago, Paris and London, the spirit of parting ways with frilly formality and embracing industry and practicality spread as new technologies, like the automobile and moving pictures were proliferated, as were new ideas, like the right for women to vote.
During this age of dancing and Art Deco, a new type of woman emerged. The flapper was considered a brash and lose woman who wore short skirts and too much make up. She drove cars, drank, smoked and bobbed her hair. This look that we’ve come to regard as demure yet ultra-feminine was then a symbol of a break from the norm. A redefinition of the modern woman.
This week, with the Great Gatsby in theaters, we’ll be indulging in the uninhibited styles of the twenties woman, with her soft finger waves, swoops, blunt cheek-length bob, her feathers and her beads.