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Jazz Age Inspiration

Puyi, last Emperor of China, with his consort Wan Rong, last Empress of China, in Tianjin, China, ca. 1922

Chanel cardigan suit, 1920s. In 1916 Coco Chanel introduced cardigan suits, made of jersey that had hitherto mainly been used for underwear. Jersey, elastic easy-to-wear material that does not hinder body movements, short skirts, and simplified beautility gained favor with women active in society. Today, in the 21st century, these innovations are still basic to women's clothing.