Jazz Age 2012

March 15th, 2012

Jazz-age inspired flapper dresses were all the rage during New York Fashion Week—from the runways of Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.  There was no detailed left untouched, including era-inspired gold Art Deco accessories and footwear complete with dainty T-strap pumps.


Photo Courtesy of Etro


The 1920’s flapper style has become a fashion icon, and Hollywood movies played a big part in spreading the look including this year’s hit movie The Artist.  The young flapper woman was herself a novelty.  As a reaction to the end of World War I in 1918 and the massive loss of young men, women's styles became liberated, and favored the look of young men or boys.  The short haircuts started earlier by Irene Castle became even shorter with stars like Louise Brooks and Clara Bow.  The fashions of Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel that had eliminated corsets had now changed to straight-sided, flat-chested, short-skirted and sleeveless dresses.  This provocative look was matched by a lifestyle that favored fast cars, jazz clubs, wild dancing, and smoking and drinking.


Photo Courtesy of The Artist