This vintage photograph dates from around the 1920s and comes from France. The hairstyles and makeup from this era are stylish and elegant. The fashion of the models dress and delicate string of pearls are romantic and eternal. Great style will always hold up in any decade. I can just imagine Daisy from the GREAT GATSBY wearing this dress, with her hair done in a similar short waved style.
The gorgeous Josephine Baker was made notorious by her famous banana costume but she was a landmark star for many reasons. She was a dancer, a movie star in Europe and a civil rights activist in America.Josephine Baker was born in the USA to an African American mother, but ultimately made france her home. The people of France were captivated by Baker and the open arms of the French public during the 1920s made Baker a musical star. She sang, she danced and she created jungle stage fashion that wowed her audiences. Josephine Baker loved France back in return and during The Second World War she worked for the French Resistance carrying messages across the border and working as a spy. Bakers celebrity was the perfect cover for the kind of work required of her by the Resistance movement. Josephine looked like a flapper but she had the clear mind of a spy and the heart of an entertainer.
THESE RETRO IMAGES ARE BOTH EXAMPLES OF VINTAGE ROMANTIC FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY. THE TOP IMAGE PROBABLY DATES FROM THE VERY LATE 1920’S OR EARLY 1930’S. THE MID LENGTH SKIRT (ALTHOUGH YOU CAN’T ACTUALLY SEE THE GIRLS LEGS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH) WAS A DARING FASHION STATEMENT FOR MODERN WOMEN OF THAT TIME. PERIOD. THIS PHOTOGRAPH WOULD HAVE BEEN HAND COLOURED, USING A TINT PAINTED OVER THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH.
THE SEPIA TONED PHOTOGRAPH IS MODEST AND ROMANTIC AND JUDGING BY THE GIRLS ROMANTIC HAIRSTYLE IT IS OLDER THAN THE COLOURED PHOTOGRAPH. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY THIS LOVELY GIRL DOES HAVE A MODERN AND AWARE GLINT IN HER EYE.
For those who are interested in fashion & pop culture from the 1920s Great Gatsby era, Flappers in Fashion is a new ebook, currently available in the Kobo store & soon to be available in ibooks, kindle & barnes & noble nook. Flappers in Fashion is full of vintage photography, depicting the fashions of the 1920s flapper. The book covers some interesting history of the flapper lifestyle and the roles of women during the 1920s. Information about fashions in clothing, makeup and even diets of the day are covered. There is a broad coverage of pop culture from the 1920s including a flapper dictionary. A light yet informative read with loads of great photographs. Check out this link to the book