Before Marilyn Monroe came along and became an all-time glamor icon, the title was shared equally among the flapper dancers of the 20s.
Flapper style: from scandal to feminist icon
Over the past several decades, the world has witnessed the birth and development of countless impressive styles. Designer Mary Quant will forever be famous in the fashion “bibles” with the mini skirt she created, novelist Jane Austen is responsible for the dream of the halo she weaves with evening gowns of the photography era.
On the runways this year, many major fashion houses have begun to brush off the “golden dust” of the 1920s lewd beauty. Nearly a century ago, the trend belonged to flapper dancers, who understood better than anyone that tight or cut-out clothing is not the definition of sexy fashion.
According to one document, the flapper refers to a group of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts (knee-length skirts were considered miniskirts in those days), with short curly hair. Flats listen to jazz music and have a generally pompous attitude.
With a liberal lifestyle, far beyond the general social norms at that time, the flapper was once considered a criminal because of prejudices such as too much makeup, comfortable drinking, smoking, driving, and watching Not only that, the flapper is also seen as a symbol of rebellion, as the post-World War I cultural exchange as well as jazz culture imported from the United States to Europe and flourished.
Contrary to the conservative thinking of the old generation about women having to live in isolation, with pure customs and traditions, flappers are honored by the modern world as the ones who paved the way to bring women to freedom.
During the turn of the century, fashion began to show signs of mutation. They were abandoning stuffy corsets and entangled long skirts, and women “revolt” with sexier outfits designed to enhance their figure. The flapper skirt sparked this change as it was relatively simple in style and just below the knee length. Shortening the skirt length and exposing a woman’s legs was seen as a bold and reckless step.
The style model of the 1920s became known as “la garçonne”. The Great Gatsby’s Daisy perfectly represents “la garçonne” with a youthful appearance, the destination of many girls at this stage. Women are no longer constrained in dignified and dignified costumes according to the will of men. Instead, women have control over what they wear and break free from traditional constraints.
Anyone can dress well in the 21st century, but it used to be the prerogative of the elite. Because to get a splendid dress, people need to pay a lot for decorative motifs, accessories, and high-quality materials. Also, the flapper seems to turn into a new breeze that everyone can be worn by all social classes because it has a simple structure, does not need to be tightened, and is easy to sew at home.
The flapper skirt gradually became a vedette in the eyes of women with a short-sleeved design, low waist below the hips, lightweight fabric, and fringed hemline covering the knee. To make the dress more prominent and glamorous, some people add beads or sequins
Accessories such as pearls and feathers are trendy. This shape not only indulges the movements and tunes of The Charleston but also revives a woman’s confidence in her body. The minimalist but trendy flapper has really made the cumbersome and expensive Victorian dress style gradually forgotten.
The new collections for 2022 and 2023 are giving Flappercore the green light, and all desires are unleashed through a series of classic images, reimagining a bygone era. Blumarine offers dresses adorned with pearls, creating a graceful tassel silhouette. Matthieu Blazy recreated the looks of the flapper girls in leather for their Bottega Veneta debut. Sequins are fully exploited with different sizes at Valentino and No.2. Can’t forget Bella Hadid opened Fendi’s Fall-Winter collection filled with gentle, relaxed beauty…
Or another most recent case can be mentioned the comeback of the K-pop group (G)-IDLE with the standard flapper concept. The group’s title song ” Nude ” with the message of honoring feminism, and correcting society’s stereotypes about women wearing sexy clothes… seems to be tailored with a flapper aesthetic.
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