The Beginning of the Modern Woman

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The Beginning of the Modern Woman

The "Bob" Hairstyle became an important part of the modern woman's outfit. Before the 1920s, hair was kept long for moral and religious reasons, but in the Roaring Twenties, the "Bob" was popularized manys time, through people like Louise Brooks, or books, like F. Scott Fitzgerald's, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair."

Fashion in the late 1920s had drastically changed from fashion in the late 19th century. The icon of the 1890s was the Gibson Girl, who wore a tight corset, drew her long hair back, and was a virgin. She was the image of the pure, quintessential American woman. She did not wear makeup, did not casually date, as she was usually arranged a marriage by her parents; she didn't smoke or drink in public, and covered her collarbone, arms, and neck.

The Flapper of the 1920s on the otherhand, was the opposite of the Gibson Girl. Her hair was short and dark in a bobbed style, she wore "scandalous" revealing clothes and makeup, she smoked and drank in public, and was fluid in matters of dating and sex. Dancing was the popular activity for the Flapper. The Charleston was the iconic dance of the new modern woman, as it was used to mock the "prudish" Gibson Girl.

The Beginning of the Modern Woman

Women in the 1920s had a plethora of new found freedoms. One such freedom was working; before the 20s, women worked jobs that were primarily "feminine": teaching or being a seamstress. But in the 20s, women were doing jobs such as being receivers in communication, train conductors, or even engineerers!

The 1920s showed a new found independance for women. Women of the era started to become more free, through things such as revealing and "scandalous" clothes. At the beginning of the decade, even, women won the right to vote! The icons of the era, such as Louise Brooks, were part of a group of fashionable, young, beautiful, and independantly wealthy women. This paved the way to future freedoms for women in the later 20th and 21st century.

By Elias Silver,Periods 7/8

Many dresses, such as the one shown to the left, were adorned with beautiful crystals sewn into the dress, and some women also wore headbands with exotic feathers in them. This was because Tutankhamun's Tomb was found in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. Many ancient Egyptian fashions were found, and many of these items began an Egyptian influence on the fashion of the time.

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