Art Deco was the look of the 1920’s jazz age woman. She smoked and drank like one of the boys, danced the night away to big jazz bands, and voted. Liberated and headstrong, the new woman emerged and exercised all her newfound freedoms. Fashion transitioned from the Gibson girl’s defined feminine silhouette to the more boyish flapper look of dropped waistlines, loose shapes, and knee-length skirts and dresses. To achieve the popular boyish figure, some women bandaged their breasts while others wore long corsets all in the name of fashion.
She even had her own slang…..
A Miniature Guide to Flapper Slang
An alibi- a box of flowers
Baby Vamp- an attractive woman
Bearcat- a hot-blooded or fiery girl
Cash or check? – Do we kiss now or later?
Corn-shredder- young man who dances on lady’s feet
Dapper- a flapper’s feather
Dolled up- dressed up
Handcuff- engagement ring
Urban set- a new gown
Whangdoodle- Jazz band