This wonderful event is in collaboration with the Minnesota Opera and will be a 1920’s themed party to support their young professionals group, Tempo! Alice, of I’ve Got Your Style , will a be the “Style Expert & Best Dressed Judge” for the event so come out and show us what you’ve got!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Lumber Exchange Building
General Admission: $35 General Public
General Admission: $25 Tempo member (limit two tickets)
Visit MNOpera.com or call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669, M-F, 9am-6pm to purchase your tickets.
The key to 1920s women’s fashion was femininity and grace, but without the curves we often see today. A slender and flat chested silhouette was the key objective for women in this era, and large busts could actually be flattened with the help of early bras that were created. Most people actually tend to think of the 1920′s style as the Flapper Look. This look brought out a new woman: one who drank, smoked, danced, and could even vote. So where did the term “flapper” come from? The term actually first appeared in Great Britain after World War I. It was used to describe young girls, who were still somewhat awkward in movement and who had not yet entered womanhood. The flapper dress did not have a defined waistline, which made the silhouette of the women wearing these dresses much more free flowing. The Flappers’ image consisted of unique changes in women’s clothing and hair. Nearly every item of clothing was trimmed down and lightened in order to make movement easier.
These dresses were often made at home with the help of the Women’s Institute designs, and were designed to be simple – two pieces of fabric sewn up the sides. You would use a Dress form to hang it on for fitting to your own specific bodyshape. The style would hang loose and quite straight over the waist, and therefore was straight forward enough to cut out from a pattern and sew. The bias cut, rather than
figure hugging was the rage. Most dresses and skirts between 1925 and 1930 rested just below the knee, often just above the ankle. However, to be truly authentic-knee length dresses were matched with short necklines and long dresses had long necklaces. Day dresses often were little different from evening wear but would employ lace or some other type of overlay. The 1920’s look was often made popular by films like Cabaret and The Boyfriend, starring the 1960’s model Twiggy. Madeleine Vionnet (see her design left) was a French designer who was called the “Queen of the Bias cut.” She made simple styles that involved a lengthy preparation process, including cutting, draping, and pinning fabric designs on to miniature dolls, before recreating them in chiffon, silk, or Moroccan crepe on life-size models. Vionnet used materials such as crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin to make her clothes; fabrics that were unusual in women’s fashion of the 1920s. She would order fabrics two yards wider than necessary in order to accommodate draping, creating clothes – particularly dresses – that were luxurious and sensual but also simple and modern.
Accessories were extremely popular during this time also. With oodles of beading, furs, feathers, flowers, and lace. Women would wear these especially when going out at night. They were often made with popular fabrics such as: chiffon,taffeta, satin,velvet and brocade! Feathered headbands and turbans, which are often the image associated with the flapper look were really an updated fashion from the 1910s. Women in the 1920s pushed it well back and lost the feathers. Sequined caps, which were often heavily ornamented, were also popular. Most importantly, hat fashion went side by side with their hair styles. Another big decision that women faced during this time was to bob or not to bob, crop or not to crop, or just fingerwave with their hairstyles. Then finally, women’s shoes really focused on the strap design. Bar shoes and t-bar shoes were really popular because you could dance easily without them slipping off.
The 1920s man will be best characterized by Prohibition and the 3-piece suits that were favored by both the FBI and gangsters like Al Capone himself. Trends started during this time for men with the fedoras, two tone brogue shoes, and bow-ties.
Mens suits started to be fitted to the waist to make a more refined silhouette. Un-padded, single, or double-breasted suits were equally accepted. The birth of the permanent handkerchief in the jacket pocket was during this time. This era also saw the birth of the trouser crease down the front, which would make the man wearing it have a striking appearance. Shoes were brogue in two tones for daily wear, and then patent leather was required for dinner. Men favored short jackets with two or three buttons rather than jackets with long tailcoats as well as pinstriped suits. Casual-wear for men often included knickers, and short pants that came to the knee.
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If you really want to impress Alice on Saturday, give her a call and she can help you pick the right dress or suit for this fun & fashionable event!