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Fashion and history go hand in hand believe it or not Historical events in a time period reflects the way people living in the time dress especially with women In the twentieth century alone there are many examples in each decade that show exactly what events let to the freedom in fashion that there is today If it werent for womens rights movements would it still be a male-dominated society Thats scary to think about what might not have happened if it werent for those who fought the system In the first part of the twentieth century fashion was beginning to make a radical change Because of the first wave of working women making their way into American society Victorian styles were suddenly unfashionable and the skirt and blouse combination became more accepted The advancing feminine cause influenced many trends Suffragettes and their desire to conform with and show that they could do the same job as men brought about such as the Gibson Girl with her hourglass figure her expertly upswept hair and her unquestionable upper-class air was everything American women in 1900 wanted to be Inventions such as the bicycle created interest in sporting activities which promoted sport clothing as a fashion The 1920s probably the most daring decade for men and women it revolutionized the fashion world With the arrival of the jazz age and prohibition womens skirts rose scandalously to the knees the hair was cut short in a boyish bob women shamelessly smoked drank in public danced voted wore makeup and defied the rigid social status that the early 1900s brought The waistlines of the dresses dipped to the hips and braziers were worn to bind the breasts giving women a boyish look a look that commanded power and equality with men a look called The Flapper The Flapper broke through many gender barriers and created a pathway
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