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Perhaps there is no other 20 year period in U.S.A. history where costuming/fashion changed as radically as between 1900 and 1920, the "Roaring Twenties". From the romantic lady like dress of the Titanic, empire lined, with elaborate up do's and grand feminine hats, satin gloves (wrist, forearm, over elbow, or opera), to the so-called naughty, rebellious and independent women who loved to dance the Charleston, enjoy the pleasures of alcohol and tobacco, and became known as Flappers. These flamboyant women cut their hair into short bobs, wore feathered, sequined headbands or cloches, and threw off the shackles of long dresses in favor of short, loose fitting, fringed dancing dresses that exposed their legs (ooh-la-la), which they adorned with fishnets or stockings. Add a cigargette holder, a fab boa, some pearls and you're good to go.

Make up keynotes for the 1920's:

  • pale, heavily powdered skin
  • softly arched eyebrows accentuated with pencil
  • bright rouge
  • kohl rimmed eyes
  • small dark rosebuds mouths

A Roaring Twenties party, or Speak Easy continues to be one of the most popular party themes. There are many costume options, and most all are very comfortable. From the funny old bathing suits and the news boys, to Bonnie and Clyde and glamorous gun molls, everyone, regardless of age or body type can find a costume they'll feel good wearing. And all men love going as gangsters, so it's a good idea for reluctant men! Short, side parted hair, flat to the head. A couple of martinis and a Tommy gun, and they'll be charming thru the night.

Historically notable people include Charlie Chaplin, Czar Nicholas II and his wife the Empress, film director Cecille B. De Mille, the Wright Brothers, and Thomas Edison.

Famous musicals set within this time frame include Mary Poppins (practically perfect in every way, Sister Suffragette!), Auntie Mame, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, and Chicago. And of course, the beloved Wizard of Oz which premiered in 1901.