Women And Styles Before And During World War I: The Gibson Girls

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Before World War I woman were referred to as Gibson Girls. Gibson girls were the exact opposite of the woman in the 1920. Gibson Girls would were their hair long and lose. They wore long skirts and high collars and did not date (Jennifer Rosenberg, p.1). Gibson girls were thought of as the ideal woman but after World War I times changed. Woman were tired of waiting for their men to return home and they wanted to live their lives to the fullest. Women now followed the trends of the flappers who were the “ It Girls” of the twenties. Flappers were smokers, drinkers, dancers, shorthaired parties and they became all the rage in the 1920. Flapper described the young girls of the roaring twenties and they set many trends and fads.
After WWI style fads ere all the rage with women of the twenties. In contrast to the Gibson Girls women wore their hair extremely short. Theses new short haircuts were ...view middle of the document...

They also wore cloche hats, which had ribbons around them. The ribbons had a meaning behind them, certain ways you tied your ribbon meant you were either single, married or you are single but you already gave your heart away (name of person). Cloche hats ere worn with big purses and make up. Before the 1920 makeup was not very popular but with this new era women found a new interest in wearing make up, and new accessory’s (….) when a woman wore make up makeup you could not forget the lipstick, it was important and loud. It wasn’t any color of lipstick it had to be red. Red lipstick was a women’s way to show her new role in society. On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment to the constitution was passed and gave women the right to vote. Bright red lipstick demonstrated their new freedom (name of person). In the 1920s fashion was influenced by the exotic look. “Howard carter, who was a British archeologist, was digging near Luxor, Egypt, and stumbled upon the 3,000 year old tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamen. Inside was a dazzling trove of royal Egyptian treasure” (name of person). Carter’s discovery inspired the people of the 1920s, “clothes, jewelry, hairstyles and even furniture, took a mysterious pharaonic glitter” (name of person). For men’s fashions the 1920s was quite conservative. Men looked like gentlemen with suits and ties. Their appearance could resemble that of a gangster.
Fashion was just half of the roaring Twenties party fads; the second part was the dance fads. There were many different dance styles. There was the fox trot, The Charleston, the shimmy, the black bottom dance and more. The 1920s was known as the jazz age and swing dance was about to become the craze but the Charleston was the most popular of the time. The Charleston was created by blacks and become popular for everyone. You could dance Charleston with or without a partner. Some people believed dancing the Charleston was inappropriate and was frowned upon flappers and others made the Charleston the dance of the decade and it was being danced in all clubs and parties. The Charleston was an example of the generation spirit.

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