In America during the middle of the 1920s, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, Billie Dove and Marion Davies were just a few of the famous faces in the movie theaters.
The screen sirens wore gowns of satin and taffeta, jerseys, twills, flat and printed crepes. Some of the many popular styles included outfits with small boleros, flares, pleats, high necks, lace vests and bishop sleeves.
And the most-desired colors of the era? Periwinkle, Bristol scarlet, chartreuse green, amber tan, plum blue, blue lavender, Lanvin green, palmetto, wildrose, black and navy.
Between these covers, you will find 49 coloring pages with more than 70 different examples of outfits popular during the mid-twenties (plus a few extra styles here and there, such as the one seen on the woman to the right). You will see that the stereotypical “flapper style” commonly portrayed in movies and on TV was just one of many looks in vogue during the middle of the twenties.
“The silhouette is veering back toward the straight contour,” wrote a style columnist in early 1926. Further notes on the fashion of the era noted: “Clever pleats and tucks are being employed in such a manner as to retrain a graceful freedom of movement, and yet not interfere with the slim slenderness of the straight line. Youthful two-piece models tie at the waist with huge, floating bows. Sleeves are usually long. Trimmings continue to be very magnificent.”
And now that you have the background on these outfits from the middle part of the Roaring Twenties, it’s time to give them the color and the verve they have been missing for the better part of a century.
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About Vintage Women Coloring Book #14: Vintage Fashion from the Mid-1920s
Paperback length: 108 pages
Publisher: Synchronista LLC
Publication Date: March 24, 2017
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches