Fashion & Music in the 1920's


Summary of Dress & Fashion in the Roaring Twenties

The post-war state that embodied the 1920’s was one of relaxation, celebration, and a restored sense of hope. This deftly transferred into fashion, seeing as the change in dress (especially womens) fit the era. The dresses became more flashy, short, and loose fitting. If fashion of the Roaring Twenties, on the sides of both men and women, could be described in one word, it would be excess. Men’s ties, bowties, and pocket squares came from the finest silk; their saddle shoes came from the shiniest leather. Colored fabrics started trends and showed wealth in certain areas. The more functional side of fashion also became more accessible. An example of this would be the creation of hosiery, a garment for women that usually accommodated short dresses/skirts. With the gloominess of World War I behind them, America made up for it in it’s exciting sense of fashion in the Roaring Twenties. 

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Summary of Music & Dance in the Roaring Twenties

The presence of jazz music dominated the 1920’s. Artists such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald represented a few jazz musicians/singers. Both artists were specifically from a movement called the Harlem Renaissance, an African-American cultural explosion that dominated much of America’s artistic scene. A widespread loosening of morals introduced new dances that broke away from the traditional ragtime dancing pre-World War I. One such dance was the Charleston, which involved swinging leg movements to a jazzy beat. As a whole, the influences of music and dance in the Roaring Twenties expanded America’s artistic horizons.

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This photograph was taken in 1924 at a dance marathon in Washington, D.C. Dance marathons were becoming very popular in this era, with winners taking home up to thousands of dollars and world records being set. 

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The Savoy headpiece from The Great Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co, inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherin Martin.

Elaborate headpieces had just recently become a commodity for wealthy women in the Roaring Twenties, the most expensive of which included precious gems and silk spun ties.

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Wedding Dress, ca. 1920s

via The Met

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"There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind."

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was a pioneer in the Jazz Age as a widely famous trumpet player. His music was popular all over the country and embodied the Roaring Twenties.

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A functional hosiery ad circa the mid 1920’s. Hosiery was common for both flappers and formally dressed women to wear under their dresses and skirts. 

This is the famous dance move created in the 1920’s called “The Charleston”. It was very commonly performed at parties, speakeasies, and entertainment shows. 

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Brooks Brothers “The Gatsby” Lookbook

Loafer style shoes were often made specific to order by wealthier men.

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My Sportin’ Man // Mamie Smith

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