The Jazz age and the birth of the Celebrity
During the Twenties hemlines rose, girdles were thrown out, women were smoking in public and make up was applied – heavily.
Key points to the Look:
- Pale, almost Ivory Skin
- Very Thin penciled in dark eyebrows
- ‘Cupids Bow’ or ‘Bee Stung’ Lips
- lips were coloured deep reds or plum shades
- Dark Smokey eye
- Dark greys and Turquoises were used
- Hair was bobbed or tight waves
Famous from the Decade
Theda Bara – The Vamp
29th July 1885 – 7th April 1955
Theda starred in as many as 44 films and yet nearly all had been lost in a fire at fox studios. known as the original Vamp as she repeatedly portrayed a sexy temptress with a dangerous allure that ruined the good hearted man.
Because of this she was publicly ostracised for it as the audiences seemed to believed that she was actually like the character she was portraying.
“To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen….Audiences thought the stars were the way they saw them. Why, women kicked my photographs as they went into the theatres where my pictures were playing, and once on the streets of New York a woman called the police because her child spoke to me.”
Louise Brooks – The Flapper
14th November 1906 – 8th August 1985
Born Mary Louise Brooks and at 5”2 she was as well known as a dancer and movie star but also for being sexually promiscuous particularly for the time!
“Love is a publicity stunt, and making love – after the first curious raptures – is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”
Clara Bow – The celebrity
29th July 1905 – 27th September 1965
Clara was born into poverty and violence and yet became known as the ‘It” Girl of the 20’s. Her own mother tried to slit her throat when she learnt tat her ambition was to become a star.
She starred in 58 films and retired by the age of only 28!
Clara really was the ‘celebrity’ of the decade and was receiving up to 45, 000 letters a month from fans during the height of her fame.
Favourite fact – had a love affair with Bela Lugosi!
“We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”
Coco Chanel – The designer
19th August 1883 (clamed it was 1893) – 10th January 1971
Created arguably the most influential fashion house in history Chanel learnt to sew in convent school.
Created Chanel no.5 in 1922, a blended floral scent, first for its time. (Opposed to the single flower scents.)
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny , and its best to be as pretty as possible for destiny”
Here is my take on the 1920’s
Revlon Colourstay Foundation and Powder
10 Pan Blush palette
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
28 Neutral Palette
eBay False Lashes
Revlon High Dimension pencil Steel Flash
eBay gel liners white and black
Revlon Brow Powder
NYX Lip liner Pinky
Mac Tribalist Lipstick