Last week, I bumped into a dance video of that popular moonwalk. Not performed by Michael Jackson this time, but by Bill Bailey. If you follow my facebook page, you probably have seen this movie. It made me think about other popular dance styles or typical dance moves that ruled the dancefloor back in time. Here are a few popular ones that lasted from the 1920s until the 1960s including some movies that captured those lovely vintage dance styles!
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