Hemlines to Hairstyles

In the midst of a time of social and cultural upheaval, fashions in clothes and hair also changed abruptly.  In the space of a decade, ladies’ hemlines rose from the ankle to the knee.  Hair, which previously had been allowed to grow more or less unchecked, was bobbed–in barbershops!  Ladies’ hairdressers didn’t typically cut hair.

The heavy makeup used by silent film stars like Louise Brooks encouraged the more daring ladies of the 1920s to wear cosmetics themselves.  Women smoked, drank in mixed company, and scandalized their elders by wearing flesh-colored stockings and using birth control.



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