Fashion in the 1920s
This slim little volume is an excellent introduction to the fashion of the 1920s and its evolution from post-war liberation to the more restrained shapes of the 1930s. Through the decade, hemlines rose, sleeves shortened, neckties loosened, color and pattern had free rein. The stylish found inspiration in movies, in art, in exotic lands. The athletic found freedom in lighter fabrics and briefer garments. Those of modest means found a way to keep up with fashion with new synthetic fabrics and ready-made clothing. Shrimpton’s book looks at clothing for men, women, and children, from head to toe. She also skims special occasion ensembles, such as eveningwear, bridal wear, and sportswear, and how increased leisure time to do things like dancing, motoring, and tennis lead to changes in fashion. Filled with snapshots, advertisements, patterns, cartoons, photos of extant clothing, illustrations from fashion magazines, the book is glorious to flip through. A nice primer for the reader looking for an introduction to clothing of the era or a well-illustrated addition to the shelf of the reader already familiar with the 1920s fashion.