Thursday, August 26, 2010

Depression Era Fashion

The 1920s are a truly special time in fashion to me. If you will notice this is probably a more difficult time to find flawless pieces from the depression than earlier times such as Victorian and Civil War. Why? Because it's the Great Depression!

Not many people had money to buy fine garments. Most items were resewn and repaired and worn nearly everyday in some cases. If you think of wearing your favorite/best garment everyday after a harsh handwashing in a metal tub think of the condition it would be in a month later yet alone decades later!

The 1920s was the decade in which fashion entered the modern era. It was the decade in which women first liberated themselves from constricting fashions and began to wear more comfortable clothes (such as short skirts or pants). Men likewise abandoned overly formal clothes and began to wear sport clothes for the first time. The suits which men wear today are still based, for the most part, on those which were worn by men in the late 1920s.

The 1920s were characterized by two distinct periods of fashion. The early 1920s where nature and change progressed slowly as many were reluctant to adopt the new styles. From 1925, the styles that have been associated with the Roaring Twenties were passionately embraced by the public and would continue to characterize fashion until early in 1932.

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