Women's Fashion from the 1920's

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Inspiration comes freely! While driving home from Church on Sunday on January 25, 2016, I heard on the radio about an exhibit at the Dallas Galleria Mall showcasing women's fashions from the 1920's. After mass, I took a bee line over to the mall!

 

Since my mother was born in the mid 1920's, I would like to think my Grandmother had an opportunity to wear one of these beautiful dresses. The attention to details, the fabric, material, designs, and tailoring made me wish I shared the experience of slipping into something this elegant. Truly! Women changed the way they looked and they sure looked glamorous but not trashy. Elegant but not snobbish. Stunning and bold!  

 

 

 

  

 

A time to dance! Fashion, arts, music and the right for women to vote was a time to feel free and come alive! The culture was changing but it would take years, more wars, recessession, depressions, sacrifices, hard work, and the power of women to implement change for better generations to come. 

 

 

  

 

Women have come a long way to earn their place in the world. They deserve respect, honor, and to live in dignity. Every woman should know how it feels to dance and experience the arts, theater, music and opera. This was a great exhibit to see first hand the collection worn by women from the 1920's, an era that commanded CHANGE!

 ©Patricia Feager 1/26/2016

 

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Patricia Feager
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Oh Sharon Tara Fashion Designer and Dream Maker! Don't we look stunning together! I'm so happy to see us standing together in our slender dresses. We are classy women!

P.S. Thanks for letting the world see me with my long neck and new height!!! 

 

Jan 25, 2016 11:55 PM #10
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Jan 26, 2016 12:03 AM #11
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Patricia Feager
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Roy Kelley - I think Dolores would have enjoyed seeing them too! 

Jan 26, 2016 12:12 AM #12
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Dolores and I enjoyed the Downton Abbey costume exhibit at Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jan 26, 2016 12:18 AM #13
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Patricia Feager
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Roy Kelley the Downtown Abbey costume exhibit must have been a lot of fun to see! Wilmington, Delaware has to be a fun place to visit too! 

Jan 26, 2016 12:35 AM #14
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Patricia, this just makes me salivate visually. Back in college I was one of the actors/dancers in Mame, that we did on a huge stage. It was one of the most extravagant shows West Virginia University's theatre department had ever done. I got to wear actual flapper dresses and have gravitated towards that style off and on throughout the years. They weren't wearing bras, you know, either! My granny was a Flapper, hat and all. We have a photo of her wearing one, gosh she looked fabulous! 
You and Sharon Tara look quite stunning. I would kill for your dress (and your heighth!! haha)

Jan 26, 2016 01:03 AM #15
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 - you never cease to amaze me! I didn't know you were part of the theater group, actor and dancer too! That explains a lot about you and your need for cultural awareness, creativity and the arts! 

Perhaps if you still have a photo of you in a flapper dress, you could write about yours and your grandma's experience too! I didn't know women didn't wear bras back then. They really let it all hang out... no pun or disrespect intended. I couldn't imagine wearing all those wired up corsets and bras. Long ago, there was an older fellow at my former office who worked in a women's apparel company in NY. He said it had to be torture for women to wear those under-wire bras and those older fashions too. 

How did I get on the topic of women's apparel with this elderly gentlman you may ask? Well, I was on a tour of homes one day when the stupid underwire bras wire was poking out of my bra and stabbing me on tour! Finally, I could stand it no more and while a group of us was in the car, I reached under my blouse and pulled out the dog gone wire and set it on the floor. I thought nobody would notice but this old man did! He picked it up and knew exactly what it was because he used to manufacture it! Then he proceeded to tell his story.

Jan 26, 2016 01:15 AM #16
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Hi Patricia - I too would have loved this event. My mom too was born in the mid 20's. The suit she got married in was fabulous - I'd wear it today if it was around. Love the Sharon and Patricia moment - you both are gorgeous. In, and out, of photoshop attire. :)

Jan 26, 2016 02:53 AM #17
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Hi Patricia - the roaring 20's were a pivital time for women as well as everyone else.  I have some pictures of my grandmother with those hats and dresses.

Jan 26, 2016 02:55 AM #18
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For one reason or another, the year 1928 has always reigned supreme in my mind for fashion!  A couple years ago, one of my daughter's friends got married. Her wedding, and especially her dress was done in 1928 fashion.

Jan 26, 2016 11:30 AM #19
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CONGRATULATIONS, Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group! 

Jan 26, 2016 11:31 AM #20
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Patricia the roaring 20's was a special and unique time period in many ways.

Jan 26, 2016 11:54 AM #21
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I love vintage fashion and old movies. Movies from the 20's always showed men and women alike dressed to the nine's all the time. In some ways I wish we "dressed up" a bit more. It's hard to find a place to go where there isn't someone wearing casual clothes, even to a ballet and the theater.

Jan 26, 2016 09:27 PM #22
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Patricia I love this era of fashion!  It was 'in' back in the 80's just a bit and I had several dresses similiar - and loved them all!  Very fun!

Jan 27, 2016 02:34 AM #23
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Looking at the work  Sharon Tara did with her cropping makes me think of the young girls of my day playing with their Barbie dolls.  I like today's look better 

Jan 27, 2016 02:59 AM #24
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 - You must have lots of great and funny memories of your days in the Theater. I was laughing out loud about your simulated Rockette Kick and thinking how much worse it would have been if you kicked too hard and threw yourself off the stage! Although as funny as it sounds, it's not a laughing matter when it's happening to you. In a similar situation, I was riding in the back seat of an old car filled with teenagers when I was 16 years old. I was smashed between too many in the back seat and the car door. When the driver turned the car to get through the light, the door opened up and I was barely hanging on to the kid seated next to me. I'm glad he liked me and hung on for dear life! We really should be thankful the auto industry implemented seat belts!!! 

For some reason, I can't picture you in a riding outfit, fake spats, and wool jacket. Oh those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end! Look how far we've come! Wouldn't it be fun to have those figures again and wear some of those Vintage clothes from the 1920's? 

Jan 27, 2016 03:28 AM #25
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Aloha Patricia, after the passing of my Great Grandmother a cache of dresses purchased by my Great grandfather in Paris after WWI were discovered carefully preserved in garment bags in one of her closets along with table linens,  napkins, and kitchen dish towels indicative of the time, apparently the items had been packed away in one her many moves and had remained in storage while she lived in Panama during the late 30's and 40's and was never unpacked until after her death. They were so well preserved you would have thought they were just made. 

Jan 27, 2016 06:14 AM #26
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof What a fabulous exhibit!  I love these dresses.  Women had won more independence but they still looked so beautiful and graceful.   And they had fun!

Jan 27, 2016 07:43 PM #27
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Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL - I'm so glad you took the time to read my post and see the photos too. The dresses and accessories were really fun and breathtaking to see! It made me want to try one on and see what it felt like! When we think about the modern conveniences we have today, which wasn't invented back then, this really was a thrill for these women. They embarked on their God given rights for independence - something that many take for granted. 

Jan 27, 2016 07:46 PM #28
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I'll not comment on the fashion, though Sharon Tara and you look great in that photo.

I do think that women did start to truly identify as separate entities in the early 20th century.  I wonder if that was due to better/more education than in centuries past, or if it was due to better economic conditions than in centuries past.

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