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Fashion History: 1920-1930

Edward Steichen / Model Dorothy Smart wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès / 1926 / Courtesy Condé Nast Archive / France’s most popular milliner Madame Agnes was born in France in the late 1800′s, she retired in 1949, and died a short while later. She was famous for cutting the brims of her hats while they were worn by her customers. Madame Agnes styled hats which were both abstract and unique.

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Evening dress, copy of Vionnet's Little Horses (1924), circa 1927. Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Elizabeth Bertch silk crepe dress, American, 1920. Via Kent State University Museum

Evening chemise dress in silk chiffon with rhinestones, seed and bugle beads, c.1925, USA, Gift of Miriam Yablon. Collection of The Museum at FIT #TurnofStyle

Raccoon coat, c.1924, USA, Gift of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed. Collection of The Museum at FIT #TurnofStyle / One of the best-remembered college fads in American history is the craze during the 1920s for the raccoon coat. Where and when it all began continues to be a subject of debate, but as early as the fall of 1923, the Princeton newspapers reported that raccoon coats were "as thick as flies" on campus.

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Short dress, Madeleine Vionnet, 1927. Silk crepe in a straight shape, round neckline, sleeveless. Bodice and skirt are finely pleated vertically; yoke is finely pleated horizontally. Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Evening gown in black crepe work ribs, scratched MAGGY ROUFF 1930

Suzanne Lenglen modeling a Jean Patou tennis ensemble, 1921. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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"JOSEPHINE BAKER" dress Attributed to House of Drécoll Date: 1926 Culture: French Medium: silk, glass beads, feathers Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Mildred Orrick, 1940 Accession Number: C.I.40.169a. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vionnet, “dépôt de modèle” photography, summer collection, 1922, Les Arts Décoratifs collection, U.F.A.C

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Full photo of the 'cobweb' sequined flapper dress, French, circa 1928.

A 'cobweb' sequined flapper dress, French, circa

Sonia Delaunay dress, 1925–28, via Musée de la Mode