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circa 1920 Gold Chiffon Empire Waist Evening Gown.

circa 1920 Gold Chiffon Empire Waist Evening Gown.

1910 Black cotton velvet and silk Chantilly lace Edwardian Gown / Кружево Шантильи.: la_gatta_ciara

1910 Black cotton velvet and silk Chantilly lace Edwardian Gown / Кружево Шантильи.: la_gatta_ciara

flapper meets flora

flapper meets flora

Queen Maud’s Dress ~ 1913 ~ Victoria and Albert Museum

Queen Maud’s Dress ~ 1913 ~ Victoria and Albert Museum

In the 1920s, many Americans found the flapper incredibly threatening. Flappers represented a new moral order.  Although they were the daughters of the middle class, they flouted middle-class values. They shrugged off their chaperones.  Worse still, they danced suggestively and openly flirted with boys.  Flappers prized style over substance, novelty over tradition, and pleasure over virtue.

In the 1920s, many Americans found the flapper incredibly threatening. Flappers represented a new moral order. Although they were the daughters of the middle class, they flouted middle-class values. They shrugged off their chaperones. Worse still, they danced suggestively and openly flirted with boys. Flappers prized style over substance, novelty over tradition, and pleasure over virtue.

Dress 1929 Nsjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design

Dress 1929 Nsjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design

Evening gown for a debutante by Jenny, ca. 1916. Library of Congress

Evening gown for a debutante by Jenny, ca. 1916. Library of Congress

1920's

1920's

Evening Gown: ca. 1915, two layers of tulle over silk taffeta, waist and skirt trimmed with satin rosebuds, silk floss embroidered garlands cover the skirt.

Evening Gown: ca. 1915, two layers of tulle over silk taffeta, waist and skirt trimmed with satin rosebuds, silk floss embroidered garlands cover the skirt.

1921 Old-gold velvet evening gown with a bodice, under-skirt and front panels of gold lame. The overall skirt is caught up at the sides with velvet cording and gold bullion tassels to create an eighteenth century effect. Details include a small accent of metallic flowers at the wasit. Back

1921 Old-gold velvet evening gown with a bodice, under-skirt and front panels of gold lame. The overall skirt is caught up at the sides with velvet cording and gold bullion tassels to create an eighteenth century effect. Details include a small accent of metallic flowers at the wasit. Back

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