The 1920’s: A Revolutionary Change in Women’s Fashion

The 1920’s: A Revolutionary Change in Women’s Fashion

During the 1900’s and 1910’s, women were required to conform to society’s depiction of what an ideal woman should look like and how an ideal woman should behave. No matter how uncomfortable or painful it became, they always had to wear torture devices like corsets and crinolines just so they could capture society’s definition of true femininity. All these, however, came to an end shortly after World War I. Society drastically began to change in so many different ways, and it was the people’s sense of fashion – especially women’s fashion – that reflected how rapid these change were.

It was during the 1920’s – also known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the “Jazz Age” – that certain fashion styles and trends came to be and continue to stay relevant even today. For example, it was during this time that flapper fashion emerged. Coming from a very suppressive Victorian era, it was a fantastic change of pace for women to be able to wear clothing that allowed them to freely move around and express themselves as they please.

It was also during this age that the famous Gabrelle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel changed the world of women’s fashion. She refused to follow the norm and redefined how she thought women should dress. It was through her constant innovations that the little black dress eventually came to be.

Today, the 1920’s fashion is often times used as a theme during events and formal gatherings because of the charm it exudes. It also seems to be a commandment that every woman should at least have one little black dress in her wardrobe. This era can definitely be considered as a cornerstone for today’s fashion industry.


La mode à Ascot (Grande-Bretagne), en 1925. RV-67520

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