Fashion In The Downton Abbey Era
Significant-Flapper-Evening-dresses-of-the-1920s Chanel’s black evening dresses with huge transparent draperies. Molyneux’s transparent printed dresses with full scalloped skirts and arm draperies. Paquin’s acid green moire dresses. source -Vintage Fashion Sourcebook – Carlton Books
The modern ‘myth’ of the ‘flapper’ party dress is more a relic of the 1960′s revival. In fact the normal hemline was below the knee and particularly favoured by women as they enjoyed the swishing freedom against their legs of the new softer and more feminine fabrics weighed down with elegant bead work – a particular feature in a 1920s evening dress. Silk was the favored fabric in chiffon, velvet and taffeta
Ready to wear clothing was in the future, and most women of moderate means simply went out and bought the latest McCalls or subscribed to the sewing patterns published by design gurus like Mary Brooks Picken from the Women’s Institute.Fashion houses brought out new lines twice a year in the 1920′s and the cuts and appliqués were eagerly consumed and copied by fashion magazines around the world.
For day wear – during the colder months a girl would wear a wrap-over coat or jacket/cardigan – worn with blouse and a pleated skirt – not forgetting the obligatory cloche hat of course. On summer afternoons the common choice was a basic shift dress – now often sleeveless, with a decolletage often as low as an evening dress.
The lovely Raquel Torres fills in the last word in swimming suits, one of those designed for both sand and water. The colours are white and navy blue, with a matching tam to cover the bathing cap. The Chinese beach sandals are very smart this season. On the right Bessie Love enhances the scenery along Hollywood Boulevard on summer afternoons in this Sally Milgrim model.
The Hemline Index Theory. It appeared in the weeks following the Wall Street Crash in October 1929 that the Hemline Index theory by economist George Taylor in 1926 was coming to pass with the unveiling of the Chatillon-Mouly-Rousse Autumn Collection, where some outfits ( not the entire collection ) by designer Jean Patou presented a dramatic drop in hemlines to the ankle and skirts hanging on the natural waist again. #1920sfashion