Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a real life sound time machine. You may have heard 1920s jazz music, seen 1920s movies or scrolled through typical roaring twenties fashion pictures. But have you ever heard sounds, that give you a sneak peak of the real roaring vibe and ambiance in that time period?
Well…you’re about to, thanks to historian Emily Thompson (author of the book: The soundscape of Modernity). Together with designer Scott Mahoy, she created the online project The Roaring Twenties, for everyone who likes to time travel to the New York city of the 1920s and 1930s.
Times Square, 1920s-1930s
The sounds you’re about to hear are real life sound snapshots that were taken in New York, at the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s. A tumultuous time period which lifted off in Golden spiritsthanks to economic prosperity, flappers who redefined social morals, good old jazz …
Nowadays pencil skirts are a basic part of any female (work) wardrobe. This classy fashion item came to life in a very interesting way. Let me take you back to 1908…
In that year two brothers named Wilbur and Orville Wright, allowed the first female passenger, Mrs Berg to their aeroplane. Apparently this was quite a challenge. Mrs Berg was wearing a long skirt. Propellers of the aeroplane rotated very closely to her and the wind was blowing her skirt. To prevent accidents, the two men tied a rope around the ankles of Mrs Berg. And that was the very early beginning of a new fashion trend.
The flight and especially the skirt of Mrs Berg, became a hot topic in newspapers and magazines around the globe. It didn’t take long before designers spotted the pictures and turned it into a new trend with a new name: The hobble skirt. Which was …
After the roaring twenties we’re moving on to the next retro fashion episode: the 1930s! This decade started with “The Great Depression” which effected all aspects in life, including fashion. “The Great Depression” mood was applied into fashion by military inspired shouldered clothing and low, functional heels.
During the 1930s, popular Hollywood actresses like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow introduced a more feminine, glamorous, sophisticated look. The short dresses from the 1920s flapper look were replaced with waist dresses and backless gowns that emphasized the female curves. For the everyday look, women suits became quite popular.
Also sunbathing became more common and beach fashion was adjusted to this development. Swimwear became briefer and often had a scooped back, so women could show off their tanned backs in the evening.
A trip down to fashionable 1930s lane…
The backless gown | 1930s
High heels: we all love them. Nowadays they symbolize femininity. Women love to wear them, men love to watch women with high heels pass by. Meanwhile wondering: how do they walk on those things.… Which is an art indeed, because originally high heeled shoes weren’t meant for walking (or running or whatsoever).
In fact, they weren’t even meant for women in the first place, but for (high classed) men!
Rewind to the 1600s. Men were the first who wore a heeled shoe. A high heeled shoe for men indicated great wealth and was therefore a symbol of status. The more uncomfortable and non-practical the shoe was, the bigger your status…
Back then, heeled shoes were seen as a masculine accessoire. This shoe, a 17th century persian shoe (originally made for horse riding), caused a craze in the 17th century:
This craze also affected women. Fashion and style for women was quite manly back then: …
If you have no expectations, you can’t be dissapointed. This also applies to watching movies. I haven’t read the book The Great Gatsby (yet) and I actually went to see the movie because: roaring twenties, vintage costumes, historical setting…What more does an Old Hollywood cinema and vintage lover need?
From the very first scene you’ll see that it’s no ordinary movie. As soon as the movie starts you’ll get sucked into the movie. Into the roaring twenties and Jay Gatsby’s story. Jay Gatsby is kind of a mysterious figure. Nobody really knows anything about him. As the story evolves we get to know him. Especially his dreams and hopes for the future.