Book Review: Flappers

Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper by Linda Simon

With bobbed hair and flat chests Flapper Fanny and her friends were the scourge of polite society, says Ysenda Maxtone Graham

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I (Ysenda Graham) always thought flappers were mainly a 1920s phenomenon. This book shows how wrong I was. As long ago as the 1890s the term flapper, already being used to mean “young prostitute”, came to be generalised and sanitised to describe thin, long-legged adolescent girls who were “flapping their butterfly wings”. By 1910 the flapper movement was going strong, much to the horror of mothers and the despair of clergymen. Read more.

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Flappers In Focus

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BY KASSIA ST CLAIR | SEPTEMBER 28TH 2016

Asked what women wore during the 1920’s, most people would picture the same thing: a drop-waisted dress, low-heeled Mary Jane shoes, a long string of pearls and a headband decorated with a diadem and a curling feather.

Designers were making clothes that reflected profound social and cultural change. The corseted silhouette of Victorian and Edwardian times was already becoming looser before the first world war, as simpler fashions and the drive for women’s suffrage caught on. The war, which forced women to enter the workforce in greater numbers, sped up the revolution: long skirts and trailing sleeves were serious impediments around factory machinery or on the farm.

Once the war was over, many women returned to their old lives, but the spirit of emancipation persisted. Women were gradually gaining political as well as economic power: over-thirties were given the vote in 1919 in Britain, and with fiancés and husbands killed on the battlefields, would-be housewives were forced to become financially independent. Meanwhile, the crumbling of the old social order and the growth in the retail sector meant that women that might once have gone into domestic service became shop girls, living in cities with a disposable income to spend on travelling, make-up, clothes, fashion magazines and cinema tickets.

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What It Meant When Lady Mary Bobbed Her Hair on ‘Downton Abbey’

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In the final season of Emmy-nominated Downton Abbey, set in 1924, Lady Mary Talbot (née Crawley) debuted a new haircut: the bob. She was a little behind the times, as the cut had entered the mainstream in America starting in 1920, as women finally earned the right to vote and the Saturday Evening Post ran F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” But for a member of the British aristocracy, cutting off one’s hair and moving away from corseted Victorian fashions marked a notable break with traditional ideas of what a woman should look like. In short: the bob, at the time,  was a haircut that made both a political and a cultural statement about what kind of woman one was. Read more from article

 

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Josephine Baker (1920’s)

Read more about “Tough Guy Stereotypes” from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

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1920’s Tennis Diva Suzanne Lenglen

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By  Telegraph Reporters

24 MAY 2016 • 5:38PM

Suzanne Lenglen: The original tennis diva of the 1920s who brought the women’s game alive

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Before the Williams sisters, Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova, there was Suzanne Lenglen, the original tennis celebrity of the 1920s whose antics would still raise a few court-side eyebrows today.

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Lenglen, a brandy-sipping, uninhibited Parisian prima donna who was prone to weeping on court, dominated women’s tennis from the end of the First World War until 1927.

But more than simply being a champion, Lenglen popularised the women’s game in a way that nobody had done before. Throwing off the sport’s formalities, including a dress sense that bordered on the (for the time) eccentric, her flamboyant nature and dazzling play drew huge crowds.

Lenglen was a wonderful player, with a flowing exciting style that wowed spectators. But she was famous for more than that.

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She would enter the court wearing full make-up, and a full-length white ermine or mink coat, and would play in much shorter skirts than spectators were used to as well as a tight-fitting top. This was in stark comparison to the traditional ladies attire at the time, which still consisted of ankle-length frocks and corsets.

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Lenglen’s outfits, as one observer recalled, “clearly revealed her unmistakable female form and glimpses of naked thigh”. Bill Tilden, a US tennis star, once said that “her costume struck me as a cross between a prima donna’s and a streetwalker”.

And rather than the bottles of energy drink or water that today’s stars keep at courtside, Lenglen was partial to sipping from a flask of brandy at changeovers. READ MORE

 

Immersive Theater Concept ‘The Speakeasy’ Returns With New Home This Summer

SPEAKEASY by Geri Koeppel
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The Speakeasy, an immersive theater experience in which audience members are engaged in the show, will reopen this summer in its permanent home, bringing flappers, mobsters and more to a secret location near the Chinatown-North Beach border every weekend.

The show started as a production of Boxcar Theatre, founded in 2005 by Nick A. Olivero, and had an initial sold-out run of 75 shows in 2014 at a “secret” location in the Tenderloin. It was done up to look like a Prohibition-era nightclub complete with a dance hall room and “gambling” den. The audience is required to dress in cocktail attire, and they’re encouraged to wear period clothing.

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Presale tickets will go online at 10am June 9th to members of Club 1923 and affiliated groups. Tickets for the general public will go on sale June 13th. For information, online sales and to register as a Club 1923 member, which will have an annual fee, visit thespeakeasysf.com. Tickets for previews will be $85 and the regular run will be around $100; the cost of Club 1923 hasn’t been determined. READ MORE

Wise Guys and Flappers at Elks Hall

THE COMOX VALLEY RECORD

Wise guys and flappers at Elks Hall

posted May 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM by Pippa Ingram

Special to The Record

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Speakeasy, The Forgotten Flapper – from TheatreWorks – is a light-hearted look at prohibition in the ‘20s. Writer/director Kymme Patrick offers a potpourri of genres in the witty, original script with elements of a whodunnit, a tragedy, a musical and a morality tale, to mention a few, with a delightfully ‘camp’ and clever use of satirical jargon reminiscent of the Roaring ‘20s.

It is onstage at the Lower Elks Hall on Sixth Street, May 12, 13, 14, with a start time of 7:30 p.m. Seating is festival and limited, so be sure to arrive early. Tickets are $15, available from cast members, at Laughing Oyster Bookstore and at the door. READ MORE

 

 

Flapper – Fashion 1920

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Published Wednesday, May 4 2016, 12:15 BST  |  By Lara Martin  |

 The TOWIE star looked absolutely gorgeous as she attended a COLLECTION Cosmetics 1920s-inspired photocall on Wednesday (4 May).

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So beautiful!  Chloe channeled her inner 1920s goddess in a gold flapper dress and snakeskin print heels as she posed up a storm at Sofitel London for the glamorous photocall.

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The reality star is the ideal ambassador for a make-up range given firstly, how AMAZING she always looks! And secondly, she has her very own blog where she chats about her make-up favourites and beauty regime.

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Chloe – who recently returned from a girls’ holiday abroad with Jess Wright – has been looking fabulous in recent weeks, putting the heartache of the TOWIE series 17 finale behind her, where she split from long-time boyfriend Jake Hall.

Updating fans recently, she said: “I’ve heard a little bit [from Jake] on and off. The thing is, I know he will respect what I’m saying, but he does message and he does try but at the minute I just want to be on my own. I just want to try to get on with it by myself.” Read More.