All That Jazz

The glorious roaring twenties. Any of you remember it? It was a time of Jazz, prohibition and gangsters. Well, it was in the USA. But what about the UK?

The reason I ask this question is because the featured item in this blog entry is a flappers dress from the 1920’s. Did flappers exist over here? The answer is yes. Very much like the USA, the Great War had brought about a change in attitudes amongst society.  While the word ‘Flapper’ had been used since the 1800’s to describe a prostitute, during the 20th Century it came to define a young woman who was immature or sexually promiscuous.  

The material for the dress is very light but the intricate detail adds a lot of weight

Flappers became defined by their lifestyles and image. They smoked, drank and would often head out to enjoy themselves. They would often have short hair and would show a lot more skin then was deemed appropriate. The effect of flappers was so deep the 1929 general election became known as the ‘Flapper Election’ as it was the first time women under 30 were allowed to vote.

Whilst some of it is embroidered much of the detail is just stuck on


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