If you've seen many of the headbands & hats in my children's line you know I love large head pieces, feathers and pretty much everything flapper style.
I was in need of some creative inspiration last night and did some research on flapper fashion and found some fun information and photos I just had to share.
Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong era, like maybe something about you just doesn't fit with the time you are living in?
When I think of living in another era, the 1920's is where my mind immediately goes.
I often wonder how fabulous it would have been to live in an era that saw so much change for women (and of course fabulous pearls and feather boas), but then I think about having to live through the Great Depression that followed the 20's and living in that time suddenly becomes less appealing.
According to Wikipedia, "Flappers were a "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms."
A few fun facts I learned about the Flapper era were:
-This was the time High Heels came into style
-Flappers made the word "Jazz" popular in the context of referring to something fun or cool
-Flapper girls were not just an American thing, other countries such as Japan, Germany, England and France had their own flapper girls dressing fabulous and daring to boldly rebel against their own social norms
-Flappers made the raised hemline (right at or barely above the knee) acceptable for the first time
The feathers and styles of the era have inspired so many of my designs. Especially our Peacock feather headbands and feather hats, and after looking through so many fun fashion photos of the time I have some really wonderful inspiration and ideas in my head for some future pieces.... now I just have to get to work and put it all together!
Here are a few of my favorite flapper inspired designs....