Roaring Twenties

Flappers and Fashion

Essential Question

In what ways did economic conditions and developments in the arts and entertainment help create the reputation of the 1920's as the Roaring Twenties?


In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.

How they became to be

Flapper girls significantly came to be after World War I through the deaths of many young generation boys. Before World War I, Gibson girl was the rage in which was the complete opposite of flappers. Gibson Girls did not date, they waited until a proper young man formally paid her interest with suitable intentions (i.e. marriage). However, nearly a whole generation of young men had died in the war, leaving nearly a whole generation of young women without possible suitors. Nevertheless, they were not going to waste their youth, so the roaring twenties was deliberately enhanced by the change of a Gibson Girl into a Flapper.



-Short hair

-Closhe hats (symbolized that you had short hair)

-Refused to wear corsets

-Rolled their stockings to their knees (made it easier to dance)

-Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

-Make up (no more powder rooms and more usage of lipstick)

-T-Bar shoes

-Mary Jane ankle strap


-Sports influenced

-Oxfords bags (baggy trousers)


-Black was the only color to wear in the evening

-Men of all ages wore suits


In conclusion, Women and Fashion drastically changed due to the devastating War. Through time, the Gibson Girl was now a Flapper with more boldness to fashion. In addition, these few art developments and entertainment became what we know as "the life of the party," in which gave the 1920's their iconic name as "The Roaring Twenties."