...written by Sherin
As you're reading this, I am probably stuffing envelopes or out canvassing. With the election tomorrow, I know I'm completely MIA and I really am sorry for being so absent from the blogisphere. In the meantime, I'll leave you with my 2 favourite fashion eras'.
My favourite fashion era of all time has to be the 1920's. It was a very important time for women, especially in Britain. Women had only just got the vote, and were enjoying a new found independence. They played an active role in the workforce during the First World War, and were not about to let all that freedom go.
Women became more liberated mentally, and so their clothes became more liberated and more comfortable. What I love about these women was theat they were free and refused to be as constrained as their mothers.
The main look of the roaring 1920's was the Flapper look, which I'm sure most of you are familiar with. I absolutely love the flapper style: flappers were confident and independent women, who redefined how women were viewed. They were a new breed of young women, who redefined the role of women forever. The average flapper had short hemlines, short bobbed hair and wore shapeless dresses, which showed flat chests. and had less 'acceptable' behaviour, by going out, drinking and smoking.
The flapper look also decreased the class boundaries that existed. It was an easy look to pull off, and many women made their own dresses at home. It was something that ordinary women could wear as well as something that richer women could wear.
The clothes were meant to provide a looser, more manly, silhouette for women. The fit was shapeless and the bust was compressed, with the waist look disappeared. Hemlines were getting shorter, and started rising up to above the knee. Dresses were more low waisted, meaning that they were able to dance more easily.
Women also adopted male mannerisms during this time. They smoked cigarettes, with long holders, drank and danced. They were rebellious and spirited. The more male look was also referrred to as 'garconne' (french for little boy), and women often tried to flatten their chests with stips of cloth.
Hair was also cut really short, into boyish styles, to go with the rest of the image, with the bopped cut being the most popular.
Before the 1920's, only 'loose' women wore make up, but Flappers made wearing make up more acceptable, as well as appling it in public, the norm. Really heavy make up was worn, with dark Kohl rimmed ears, blood red lips, and women applying make up in public, instead of in private.
The swinging 60's were a very close second for me. In fact, while researching the decade, I realised that I was born in completely the wrong decade! Everything about that era screams freedom and fun! The music was fantastic and the fashion was amazing. The feminist and women's liberation movement were very important at this time and liberated women like never before.
Fashion from the sixties was one of the most influential ever, and you can still see it today. Don't believe me...the 60's invented the mini skirt. This piece of clothing is absolutely revolutionary and was invented by Mary Quant. London really was the place to be during the decade. Places like Carnaby Street were absolute hubs.
Fashionwise, the 60's can be split into two: the Retro, 'Mod', look, and the more natural Hippie look.
The Mod look came from young adults becoming more free and fashionable in what they wore. This Mod fashion was a lot more colourful and the prints were more bold. This trend was aimed at and was dominated by the youth. The Mods controlled fashion at the time, and were the cool people to be. Fashion icons at the time included Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick.
Here, women really had fun with their clothes: hemlines kept rising to well above the knee and a new love was foound in mini skirts. Along these, high boots were worn. Really flared jeans were also popular during this time.
Make up was also a lot more glamorous. Women tended to have their eyes really made up, with heavy eyeliner and false eyelashes, and really bright eyeshadow.
One the other hand, a more hippie and natural look came into popularity towards the end of the decade. These were social anarchists rebelling against the establishment and the mainstream. The look was very relaxed and comfortable, with the movement being referred to as flower power because people wanted to be more connected with the earth.
Sandals were an important part of this look, with women often going barefoot and even braless. Peace signs and maxi's were also important looks for this trend. Headbands and flowers were also worn to add a more interesting look. With the rise of the hippie movement, the fashion became more bohemian, and this style is still popular today (Nicole Richie in Maxi dresses).
So tell me, what are your favourite fashion era's, and why?