Damn. The 20s are on trend!
OMG! The Guardian have just discovered the 20s!
I have had a Louise Brooks bob for the best part of the past 15 years (if not longer... er. Wait. 1997, actually, so yes, that's 15 years!) and adopted the 20s look ages ago. I love Art Deco, silent movies, the visuals, the culture... Women were bloody alluring, in a gamine, slightly androgynous yet ultra feminine way. Ambiguity is always attractive... Louise Brooks and Clara Bow embodied the new, independent, determined, individual woman of the era.
With the 20s look, it was not about being gorgeous/pretty but interesting, mysterious and darkly seductive. It is perfect for small yet athletic bodies, with narrow hips and small breasts (so far away from the ghastly looks that are "in" now!). So completely not on trend and therefore interesting... Of course, you still had the ingénues, like Lillian and Dorothy Gish and Mary Pickford... Lillian Gish is a firm favourite of mine (ever since I read her biography - she was such an amazing person!), but she never adopted the "flapper" look and stayed strangely Edwardian looking: delicate, doll-like, the picture of innocence and purity.
Let's see how many people follow the trend like sheep.
I was there first! :-)
Maeve Hayward, one of the characters of my novel The Book of Thoth, is partially based on Louise Brooks
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