Costume Reference: 1918-1939
One of a series on British dress since Roman times, this covers the interwar years, a period of great fluctuation in fashion, particularly for women. For perhaps the first time, different social classes wore the same styles - styles which could be more various and change more quickly than ever before, and which included the unprecedently short skirts of 1927. The author places fashion in its social context, and examines the influence of such factors as the introduction of new materials and means of production.
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ankle became fashionable became popular became shorter became the mode berets blouse bodice boots braid breasted breeches Cape caps cardigans cloche cloche hats close-fitting clothes Coat frocks collars colour costume cotton crown cuffs curls day dresses decorated dinner jacket double-breasted early Fair Isle fastening fitting flared fringe frock coats front gloves hair half belt handbags hatband hats were worn Jumper dress jumpers knee-length knees knitted lace lady lapels leather longer loose lounge jackets lounge suit mainly worn matching material morning coats neck necklines Norfolk jacket overcoat Oxford bags patch pockets pullovers Raglan ribbon round sash scarf scarves seam shape shirt shoes shoulders side silk single-breasted skirt and dress skirts sleeveless sleeves slightly snoods soft sometimes straight strap and buckle striped style suede three-quarter length trilby trimmings trousers tunic usually waist waistcoats waistline waves wear whilst wide woollen worn mainly wrap-over yoked