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January 20, 2019

40 Fabulous Photos of Classic Beauties Who Defined the 1920s Women's Fashion

Women's fashions of the 1920s are a large part of the Jazz Age identity. New technology and the end of the horrors brought about by World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic gave rise to a youthful exuberance personified by the flapper.

1920s beauties from left to right: Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, and Jacqueline Gadsden

Contrary to popular misconception, the short skirts and bold make up of the flapper did not rule the fashion of the day but were an iconic and memorable look. Fashion periods are usually distinguished by the female silhouette which presented a boyish figure with flattened breasts and loose clothing for most of the decade.

The drop waist shift dresses of the 1920s relieved women of the last vestiges of Edwardian formality. The widespread use of the automobile, radio, and increased educational opportunities encouraged young women to cut off their hair and kick up their heels.

Take a look at these fabulous photos of classic beauties who defined the 1920s women's fashion.

Adrienne Dore

Alden Gay

Ann Harding

Betty Blythe

Betty Compson

Billie Dove

Carmel Myers

Clara Bow

Doris Kenyon

Dorothy Sebastian (l), Joan Crawford (c), and Anita Page (r)

Eleanor Boardman

Esther Ralston

Florence Eldridge

Florence Vidor

Gloria Swanson

Harriet Hoctor

Hedda Hopper

Isabel Jeans

Jacqueline Gadsden

Janet Gaynor

Juliette Compton

Leatrice Joy

Lee Miller

Lila Lee

Lillian Stone

Louise Brooks

Mae Busch

Marion Davies

Mary Astor

Mary Eaton

Mrs. Margot Burke

Nancy Carroll

Norma Shearer

Norma Talmadge

Olive Ann Alcorn

Pola Negri

Raquel Torres

Tala Birell

The Sisters G

Tilly Losch



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