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The History of Flapper Fringe

When people think of Flappers from the 1920s, a certain image comes to mind. From popular movies to Halloween costumes, there are certain characteristics that these iconic figures always have in common – short hairstyles, period makeup, long cigarette holders, and, of course, a cocktail length dress full of dazzling fringe.

 

The idea behind a dress featuring head-to-toe fringe make sense. This tasseled fabric has a beautiful, distinct movement that looks beautiful when swinging side to side while dancing The Charleston. Throughout the years, this emblematic look has defined what we think of style and fashion during the 1920s. Perhaps the most interesting and surprising fact about flappers is that they didn’t wear fringed dresses in the 1920s – or at least not as we picture them today.

Where the Idea Began

 

The idea of flappers wearing fringe during the Roaring Twenties began a few decades after the fact. Filmmakers in the 1950s wanted to make uplifting movies and musicals that lightened the mood after the country came out of wartime. Many of these musicals were set during a time period when America as a society was in a slightly better place – the 1920s.

 

This not only began our modern, romantic vision of the era, but also inspired a certain look that we now associate with fashionable flappers from this time. To capture the movement and excitement of this era on technicolor film, wardrobe departments found a captivating fabric that looked great on screen – fringe.

Where the Idea Began

 

The idea of flappers wearing fringe during the Roaring Twenties began a few decades after the fact. Filmmakers in the 1950s wanted to make uplifting movies and musicals that lightened the mood after the country came out of wartime. Many of these musicals were set during a time period when America as a society was in a slightly better place – the 1920s.

 

This not only began our modern, romantic vision of the era, but also inspired a certain look that we now associate with fashionable flappers from this time. To capture the movement and excitement of this era on technicolor film, wardrobe departments found a captivating fabric that looked great on screen – fringe.

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