Development of Fashion Through the 1920's

All information and illustrations are taken from John Peacock's excellent books The Twentieth Century Fashion Sourcebook and Men's Fashion, The Complete Sourcebook. For further information on color and fabrics of the period, I strongly suggest you buy the books, as they contain a great deal of information.

Ladies, 1920 - 1924

Silhouette

Elongated, shapeless, lower waistline, shorter skirt.

Bodice

Unfitted tube to low waist, over unboned corset.

Neckline

Various V-shapes, boat-shaped, low round.

Sleeves

Kimono, raglan, dolman, long inset gathered into cuffs

Skirt

Ankle-, mid-calf-, and below knee-length; straight, flared

Fabric

Silk and wool jersey, crepe-de-chine, silk georgette

Trimmings

Fur, embroidered ribbon, beaded and sequined embroidery.

Color

Bright, emerald green, acid yellow, royal blue, purple or pale and natural

Accessories

Large hats with drooping brims, brimless cloches, short gloves, small bags with chain handles, lightweight shoes.

Ladies, 1925 - 1929

Silhouette

Long, shapeless, low waist, no bust, short skirt

Bodice

Unfitted tube to hip level

Neckline

V-shaped, low round, cowl.

Sleeves

Kimono, raglan, dolman, some sleeveless models.

Skirt

From 1925: just belowo the knee; from 1929: longer or uneven hems, handkerchief points.

Fabric

Silk and wool jersey, crepe-de-chine, silk georgette, satin.

Trimmings

Fur, monkey fur, large buttons, all-over sequin embroidery.

Color

Bright, pure, pale, subdued, dramatic combinations.

Accessories

Cloche hats, small bags, clutch bags, long glass bead necklaces and earrings, silk stockings, lightweight shoes.


Gentlemen, 1920 - 1929

Jacket

Fitted into waist, narrow shoulders, single- or double-breasted, high fastenings, narror lapels, patch pockets, flap pockets, breast pockets, wool cloths, tweeds linens

Waistcoat

Fitted, single breasted, collarless, high fastenings, often matching jacket, sometimes not worn, or replaced with knitted waistcoat or sweater

Trousers

Straight, narrow hems with turns-ups, center creases, become wide to end of period, cloth matching jackets

Shirt

Collar-attached, some buttoned collars, plain or striped cottons

Color

Subtle blue, brown, green; light colors, cream light brown, beige, brighter colors for knitwear.

Accessories

Trilbies, caps, boaters, ties and bow-ties, gloves, knitted sweaters and scarves, pocket handkerchiefs, lace-up boots and shoes.

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