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THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE TWENTIES

28.03.13

We’re kicking off our brand new Throwback Thursday series by looking at the Roaring Twenties, a decade remembered for its love of jazz music and flapper fashion. From jazz music to The Great Gatsby, we look at what made the 1920s a decade that will never be forgotten.

The 1920s. A post-war period that many associate with the Charleston, silent movies and the dawn of the flapper. As we saw last winter on the runways as well as Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, many aspects of the era are making a huge comeback. Here at Reiss, we couldn’t be happier about this.

Here are just some of the things we love about the “Golden Age Twenties.”

Film

Hollywood film-making came a long way throughout the 1920s, with movie production focusing on the feature film over the “short” or “two-reeler.” From The Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu to Metropolis and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, many iconic films came out of this decade that have truly stood the test of time.

However it was when the first feature film presented as a “talkie” came out in 1927 that film really began to experience a revolution. The Jazz Singer marked the beginning of the end of the silent film era, which went global by the 1930s.

Music, literature and the arts

Known as the “Jazz Age", the 1920s saw the rise of jazz and jazz-influenced dance music with artists such as Louis Armstrong rising to prominence. F. Scott Fitzgerald published some of the greatest novels that characterised the Jazz Age, including the legendary The Great Gatsby. Another iconic book to come out of the early Twenties was T.S Eliot’s modernist poem, The Wasteland. The 1920s also saw the beginning of the surrealist and Art Deco movements, which continue to influence art and architecture today.

Fashion

Last, but never least... the 1920s is remembered for its fashion. It was the decade that fashion entered the modern era, influenced by the rise of art movements such as surrealism. The boundaries of style had begun to be pushed further than ever before, making way for looks that still resurface on catwalks today.

In womenswear, the flapper look was the most memorable of the era. The straight-line chemise teamed with the close-fitting cloche hat became a signature choice of attire, while the bobbed hairstyle was very popular as it fit perfectly under the popular headgear. Another important factor of women’s fashion in the 20s was the boyish figure. Coco Chanel was one of the first women to wear trousers, cut her hair and reject the corset, making her one of the most influential women in fashion during the 20th Century.

In menswear, men wore short suit jackets while the traditional long jackets were used only for formal occasions. Formal men’s suits consisted of a black or midnight-blue swallow-tailed coat trimmed with satin, and a pair of matching trousers trimmed down the sides with braid or satin ribbon. Accessories such as a white bow tie, black silk top hat, white gloves and Oxford shoes all completed the look. Bowler hats were also an essential item for every dapper gentleman.

Keep an eye out for our second Throwback Thursday piece on the 1930s next week.