Imagine it’s the 1920s. Alcohol is illegal, but the nightlife thrives. Dancing dances, drinking at speakeasies and partying away the night Great Gatsby style are all the rage, and there’s one type of girl who does it better than all the rest: the Flapper. The quintessential image of the 1920s lifestyle, all wrapped up in one person. Flappers set the trends, start the dances, and out-party the best of them.
But even out of all the flappers who made their names known in the early half of the 20th century, there were a few who stood out from the rest. To celebrate those crazy gals and their push to prominence, Costume SuperCenter put together this infographic detailing some of the most famous women of the time! If you like their style, give it a whirl yourself with a flapper costume! And don’t feel left out, fellas, there’s a ’20s look for you too!
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- Clara Bow: Perhaps the most famous flapper, Bow was called “The It Girl” and was surrounded by controversy. She earned the nickname “Crisis-a-Day-Clara” for all the scandal and addiction she was clouded with. She retired at age 28 because of it.
- Coco Chanel: Although she was more of a fashion designer than a flapper, Chanel was one of the most well-known designers of the time and is credited with influencing the flapper fashion and liberating women of the constraints of corsets.
- Joan Crawford: One of the most famous movie stars of the 1920s, Crawford made an easy transition into “talkies,” and was highly ambitious and flamboyant. She often entered – and won – dance competitions with her skill at the Black Bottom and the Charleston.
- Josephine Baker: Nicknamed the “Black Pearl” and the “Bronze Venus,” Baker became immensely popular in France, where it’s said she received over 1,000 marriage proposals! Her most famous performance saw her dancing at the Folies Bergere music hall in a skirt made of 16 bananas.
- Colleen Moore: Moore made the “Dutch-boy” bobbed haircut famous, and it turned her into a top box-office draw. She was called the “torch” of the youth by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- Bebe Daniels: One of the earliest famous flappers, Daniels was a child actress who transformed into a star when her outrageous (for the time) exploits, including being arrested for speeding. She eventually married and had a successful career as a double act with her husband, Ben Lyons.
- Gilda Gray: Called the “Shimmy Queen” she popularized the Shimmy in the 1920s. She was a “Ziegfield Girl” and was known to wear a scarf on head, tied in the back.