Friday, 5 February 2010

Jazz Babies!

I was watching a Betty Boop movie the other night and was inspired to make a post starring Flappers and Jazz Babies. The early silent film stars generally wore the more fashionable longer dresses, still wore the more elaborate hairstyles that were slowly petering out, and were often softened by the camera, frequently looking at something beyond the photographer. The 1930s, with the crash of the stock market, brought in a new wave of conservatism and once again, stars looked into the ethereal beyond and were softened with mood lighting and glamorous, yet less revealing clothes.

The flappers kept their hair short and simple, and their dresses the same. Losing the corset provided women with a wider range of movement, something often portrayed in their photographs. Flappers were also often shown looking directly through the camera at the viewer, and smirking or laughing - expressing their carefree attitudes about life, rather than the neutrally happy look of former and later ages.

They frequently played strong women- not necessarily heroines- who knew what they wanted: to have a good time! And often went through wild and crazy stunts to get it!

Louise Brooks 1927
The quintessential Flapper with her famous bob!

Clara Bow
Hollywood's first It Girl

Alice White

Joan Blondell
And you thought the 1960s invented the micro-mini dress

Claire Windsor

Ramona Delora
Not the best picture in the world,
but her clothes and pose capture the essence of a Flapper perfectly

Colleen Moore

Jean Arthur 1929
Androgynous figures weren't invented in the 1960s either...

Truus van Aalten, Dutch actress

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