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But the thing about 20s clothes is... they look terrible on me. I have big boobs and a big butt and when I wear looser or drop waisted dresses that’s all you see- I neither look slim nor like I have a defined shape. A 20s party is actually my worst nightmare.
umm there was a Brazilian novela in which the action took place in the 20's and the fashion was really well represented in it.. perhaps you've heard of "Pepper chocolate" aka "Chocolate com pimenta"... it's actually the reason I stumbled upon this video LOL... anyway, you're right about the clothes and everything and honestly I'd love for that "trend" to make a comeback.
I have a lovely late 20s piece. The silk lining has shattered away but the top layer is ballerina length gold metal gauze sheath with a thick embroidered metallic ribbon band in an intricate art deco pattern. I cant even imagine the care it must have taken to wear as the gauze is spiderweb fine plus the wearer must have had the optimal frame as a modern zero would have to hold her breath to wear it. Less silly fringe. Way more elegant glamour.
I’m going to a speakeasy in a couple of days (immersive theater) and I plan to dress up historically accurate. I’m fully aware that most women will likely be wearing the popular sexy-sequin-fringe-short silhouette and I really don’t care. I’ll do me and have a blast.
I'm currently planning a novel to be set in the 1920s. This video helped me greatly in understanding the women's fashion during the era, although I'll probably look up some pictures and other sources as well. Great work.
I think a lot of the misconceptions come from the fact that people don't realize that '20s fashion was a direct reaction to the Victorian era. That's why we see a move from very traditional boned corsets and bustles to boxier, straight up and down silhouettes for everyday, shorter dresses, short hair, and noticeable makeup, all of it was shocking to Victorian women.
Very instructive! I'd be curious to know what you think of the historical accuracy of the outfits in June's Journey (this mobile game: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.wooga.junes_journey_hidden_object_mystery_game&hl=en)! It's set in the 1920s :)
The corsets back then were Girdles. They were used to hold up the hose. Those were the clips at the bottom.
Most young girls these days just want to sexualize period outfits. It’s really quite sad. 3 of my great aunts worked at MGM Studios starting from 1927 and the youngest started in 1939. They all retired from the studio after 39 plus years each, but they had the most amazing photos and film splices of the periods that they worked in. And to see the difference as you said, between the film and/or print work fashion and Everyday fashion was quite the contrast... ❤️ your channel! I’m a new sub... 😃
Thank you for a well-informed review of fashion in the 1920's. My only suggestion to you is to maybe have a point system sign somewhere close by. I say this because you seem to have to think what you are going to say whereas it you had a point chart or system close by you would not have to "star-gaze" you would be aware of what you intend to present to your audience. Otherwise a wonderful very real, practical and informative video which is a pleasure to watch.
I would LOVE to hear what you think about the modern interpretation of the Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann 😊 seems like lots of inspiration came from stereotypical 20s, but truthfully I think the costumes are all stunning 😂
Your videos got me interested the era, so I started sketching and painting figures from photos. Of course, they are B&W or sepia, so... what colours were trendy/fashionable at the time? What would be used on a dress? And on shoes? Did the colours differ or where there same?
Sorry for so many questions, but I wanted my little paintings to be accurate. Or not absurd, at least.
Thanks in advance, and thanks so much for these videos!
Could you review the costumes of different 'historical' shows? I'd love to hear your thoughts on Phryne Fisher's outfits! I think they're pretty accurate, but I don't know much about historical costuming...
Yesterday I googled 1980s makeup and everything that came up at first was way over the top versions of 1980s make up. I had to google "1980s everday make up" to find what I was actually looking for. So. I don't think it is just the 20s that get stereotyped, it is just the 1920s are far enough ago that we have no idea what the fashion should look like.
They wore girdles that laced. I saw a clip of a famous male comedian describing helping his wife lace her girdle. (He called it a girdle.) He's the guy that never met a man he didn't like...what 's his name! GAH! Will Rogers! Girdles were worn by some for decades after the 20s. There's a clip of Louis Prima performing Just A Gigolo with a lady who obviously tight laced her waist is so tiny.
Here's one of the cartoons I was thinking of but I was mistaken as to time frame! This depicts 1938 World's Fair. (But some elements of the 20s fashion are still there! The makeup is 20s!) https://youtu.be/LAFqAbrPKxQ
When the male comedian was describing helping his wife he sort of did a cat's cradle gesture with his hands, hooking fingers and tightening and such. Obviously corset like lacing.
Why didn't you mention the circular blush?! That's a big difference compared to today! (My grandmother was a young lady going to college in about 1927. Mom was 40 when she had me.) There are some cartoons that depict fashionable common folks of the US around that time. Let me see if I can find one. The above is the Louis Prima video.
I'm quite pleased I knew most of that, as I'm a real Art Deco fan. Low to dropped waist; mid-calf length; boxy, kimono style sleeves; low neckline (though obviously with a top on underneath, or a panel, so it wasn't indecent!) and those super cute dinky heels. Such a fabulous look and so easy and comfortable to wear. What's harder to discern is the difference between the 20s and the 30s, and the differences between the US and the UK/European style. What a great vid, and I adore your collection of fashion plates from the age! Thank you!
I wonder if anyone mentioned this before, my observation on 100 years of lingerie. THe '80s are almost never represented properly - which would be lycra sports top + high cut, high-waist panties. They always put some crap that never belonged to the decade. '80s were all about aerobics and lycra, and that went everywhere.
I think the dress length seems more reasonable when you try to consciously remember that not too long before this, showing your ankles was pornographic. It's like the equivalent of walking around in public completely naked by today's standards of decency.
So....I don't know if this is my phone bugging but the title of the video and the description are in French.... I'm French and I know sometimes they translate stuff but this is WELL translated. Like with French slang and all. Wtf
Okay, I am only six minutes into your video and I have to pause it to comment - YES!!!!!
I don't know a huge amount about fashion history (which is why I love videos like yours) but I do know about science history and the idea that if you don't know how they used to think, you can't appreciate how they changed, holds true.
Gonna go back to watching now but you already have me hooked and subscribed.
Have you seen Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries? It’s my favorite show and I was wondering what your opinions are on the costumes. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it, and they recently started filming the movie!!