Classic Fashions – Roaring 20’s to 1959


Fashion often incorporated designs from previous eras. Elements from this time period can be seen in may of today’s fashions.

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Fashion is art—but art does not stand alone.  Like everything in the universe, it depends on the relationship between its human and non-human parts—and the games that unfold among these elements.

During the 1920s, Hollywood became the movie capital of the world with the introduction and popularity of silent film. Then, in 1927 the first synchronized dialogue and singing film was released, the musical The Jazz Singer

By the end of 1929, Hollywood was almost all-talkies and silent films were a thing of the past. The manufactured glamour of movies helped people deal with the tragedy of the Great Depression in the 30s and the horrors of World War II in the 40s. For a short time people could pretend to be a part of the make-believe world of movie greats, such as Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo, and the biggest box office draw of all, child actress, little Miss Shirley Temple.

Then in the 1950s television brought film into people’s living rooms; people were now able to watch live shows in the comfort of their own home. The Ed Sullivan Show, for example debuted in 1948 with comedians dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein previewing their new musical South Pacific. Then in 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and with that appearance, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was born.


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