I know I’ve written about historical fashion before, but this morning I woke up with a few new insights. Again, they are my insights and have no basis on anything beyond my own reasoning. So beware!
Thinking about fashion in the last two hundred years I started seeing an action/reaction phenomenon going on...
For a few decades women’s fashions seemed almost sane—until the teens of the 20th century, when the hobble skirt became the rage. Tight near the ankle, there was only one way to walk in the dress. Slowly, with small steps. Hmm... Was society spooked by the inroads women were making, so it created fashion to hold women back by “hobbling them”?
But women wouldn't be hobbled and kicked free of such ridiculous fashion. The flapper era of the 1920’s was a full revolution with corsets banished, hemlines raised from ankle to knee, fabrics softened to flowing sheers, and long hair cut into easy-care bobs. What did women do to celebrate their freedom? They went wild, dancing the Charleston, smoking cigarettes, and drinking cocktails!
Here's a link to original footage from the Roaring Twenties: Charleston Video
Pun intended.// Nancy