The term flippers in the 1920s referred to a "new breed" of young women 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.
Flappers had their origins in the period of liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of the First World War, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.
The first appearance of the word and image in the United States came from the popular 1920 Frances Marion movie, The Flapper, starring Olive Thomas. Thomas had starred in a similar role in 1917, though it was not until The Flapper that the term was used. In her final movies she was seen in the flapper image. Other actresses, such as Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Colleen Moore and Joan Crawford would soon build their careers on the same image, achieving great popularity.
In the United States, popular contempt for Prohibition was a factor in the rise of the flapper. With legal saloons and cabarets closed, back alley speakeasies became prolific and popular. This discrepancy between the law-abiding, religion-based temperance movement and the actual ubiquitous consumption of alcohol led to widespread disdain for authority. Flapper independence may also have its origins in the Gibson girls of the 1890s. Although that pre-war look does not resemble the flapper identity, their independence and feminism may have led to the flapper wise-cracking tenacity 30 years later.
So after an evening of sewing fringe onto my thrift store dress,
I felt it was nessesary to add some sequins...
thanks mom for loaning me your hot glue gun!
next I dressed up a 3/$1 rubber headband I found at Burlington Coat Factory hot glued some sequin ribbon and sequins on it.
I like it, in fact, I could see wearing it out without the costume, I just dont usually wear gold... but it needs a feather... We didnt get one when we were shopping for the dress and fringe... have to go back shopping...
Another thing we didnt buy, long tieable beads. none seemed just right and none were what i would call affordable... Then, at moms house the other night, I saw something when I went to see Lenna in her bedroom. I carefully took down the red and white ones.
Thanks Len, I'll get those back to you
We do have to take a moment here and take in the awesomeness that is my sisters bead door curtain...
So there it is, my 1920s Flapper dress