The Introduction of the Bikini

By | July 12th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, 1950s Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Whether or not you wear bikinis, July is the month most commonly associated with the tiny garment. Have you ever stopped to wonder about how we got from swim machines and wearing tights on the beach to a suit that can fit in a coin purse? There is a lot more to the shrinking of [...]

Swimsuit Police to the Rescue!

By | June 14th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , |

Last week we took a look at three modern mermaids and their audacity that helped pave the way for us to frolic on the beach today. One of these women was Annette Kellerman, the famous water ballerina. Another was Esther Williams, who would play Kellerman in the biopic about her life. Million Dollar Mermaid covers [...]

The 1920s, the Decade that Changes Everything!

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Entertainment, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In part one of our look back on the 1920s we explored the top five events that kicked off the Decade of Change, the years we know as the Jazz Age and the Roaring ‘20s. Most are aware of how that decade exploded in 1929 with the crash of the stock market and the start [...]

Colleen Moore: The torch of Flaming Youth

By | January 16th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Recollections, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble” F. Scott Fitzgerald in Motion Picture Magazine Flaming Youth was not only the title of a Colleen Moore silent film, but also the name bestowed upon those young people who [...]

The 1920s Woman – Flapper and beyond

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , , , |

See part one of The 1920s Woman Although the Flapper didn’t truly come into her own in the United States until well into the Roaring ’20s, the term ‘flapper’ has roots in post-World War I Great Britain. Originally, it referred to “a young girl, still somewhat awkward in movement and who had not yet entered [...]

The 1920s woman – a Flapper and so much more!

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , |

When we think of the fashion and attitude of the 1920s woman, the Flapper is what comes most to mind. But, is that all there was to a decade that defined a generation? Come with us on a journey through the 1920s. Let’s explore the fashions and the defining moments that lead to the changes [...]

Fisher Girls – lithe, lovely, and independent

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Recollections, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

First, Charles Dana Gibson brought us the Gibson Girl. Then, after Gibson's retirement from illustrating, Harrison Fisher arrived on the scene. His Fisher Girl “redefined the American ideal of feminine beauty” (Harrison Fisher and the American Beauty) during the first quarter of the 20th century. Who was Harrison Fisher? Harrison Fisher was born to be [...]

Coco Chanel: a Simple Little Dressmaker

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Coco Chanel - setting trends   A contemporary of Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel is also credited with freeing women from corsets, and the unnatural silhouette of the Victorian era. She was way ahead of the curve when it came to setting fashion trends in the 1910s and 1920s.   Chanel came from [...]

Victorians at the Beach

By | April 24th, 2013|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Early Victorians generally had little interest in visiting the ocean for any reason, but somewhere around the mid-1800’s doctors started recommending spas and mineral waters as a cure for many ailments. Natural hot springs – like the Glenwood Springs mentioned in an earlier Blog article – became popular places for fashionable Victorians to go to [...]