Find out what made this decade so fashionable.
For our first of four Prom looks, we drew inspiration from famous literary couple Gatsby and Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was all about that fabulous time in American history known as The Roaring '20s. They were fun, frivolous times marked by new ideas in fashion, music, and dance.
When the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920, women gained the legal right to vote. This gave women a sense of independence and strength that played out in fashion and the social scene.
The '20s introduced the Flapper—the modern woman known for short shapeless shift dresses (corset-free!), cool headpieces, heavy makeup, reckless abandon, and a whole new attitude about life!
Coco Chanel and actress Louise Brooks (shown here) made bobbed hair famous in the '20s and '30s. Young people everywhere took the scissors to their tresses, and a bold new look for women was born.
It was known as "The Jazz Age." The radio was a new thing, bringing tunes from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Duke Ellington into the home. People went crazy for it, rolling up their carpets and dancing on their bare wood floors.
The Charleston dance hit fame in 1923 when it appeared in the Broadway musical Runnin' Wild. It was a fun, jazzy dance with quick steps, swinging arms and kicking legs. If it wasn't the Charleston, people were doing the Fox Trot, the Black Bottom, and the Tango.
See the Charleston in action at DEBUT 2009. Students in the Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Program show off their designs on the runway.
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