Friday, December 16, 2011

History Of Glam: Dramatic 1910-1920

When World War I started, young men were being used as cannon fodder for the older generation's ideals and mistakes. The attrition rate left fewwith the hope that they would survive long enough to make it back home. Far away from the society that raised then and faced with the reality of death many searched for extreme life experiences before entering the battlefield.

When the war was over, survivors went home and the world tried to return to the normalcy it once knew. Unfortunately, settling down in the peacetime proved a lot more difficult than it was expected. Durting the war, boys fought against both enemy and death in far away lands. Thus leaving girls to buy into the patriotic fervor and soon agressively entered the workforce. During this time of war, both boys and girls of this generation had busted out of the normal society's structure leaving it very hard to return to it once the war was over.


Women were just as anxious as the men to avoid returning to society's rules and roles. While still living in the age of The Gibson Girl, who did not date nor have promiscuous relations with a man. However nearly a whole generation of young men had died in the war, leaving nearly a whole generation of young women without any possibly suitors. These  young women decided that they were not willing to waste their young lives waiting idly for cronehood; they were going to enjoy life in the best possible way.

The term "flapper" first appeared in Great Britan after WWI. It was used to describe young girls in a still somewhat awkward stage who had not yet entered womanhood. The flapper's imimage was considered tremedously drastic if not shocking compared to the Gibson Girl. Nearly every article of clothing was trimmed downed and lightened in order to make movement easier as this was the Jazz Age. It was said that girl "parked" their corsets when they would go dancing. The new and energetic dance moves of the Jazz era required women to have the abilty to move freely and wildly. This movement had young women replacing their pantaloons and corsets for underwear called "step-ins."
The outer garments of flappers even still are extremely indentifiable. This look was often referred to as "garconne" or "little boy" This was often believed to be instigated by Coco Chanel.

The flapper's makeup was something only previously worn by loose women. Rouge, powder, heavy eyeliner and lipstick became extremely popular in this movement.  Flapper's were heavily made up, but not to imitate nature and beauty but for a completely artifical look. They had poisonously red lips and heavily ringed eyes

The attitude of flappers were characterized by blunt truthfulness, fast living and intense sexual behavior. Flappers somewhat clinged to youth as if it were to just leave at any moment. Many were very riskful and reckless. They wanted nothing more than to depart from The Gibson Girl's morals and views. So they smoked. Something only done previously by men. But smoking wasn't the worst these girls could do. They also drank at which the United States had outlawed alcohol leaving the country in prohibiton.

For this look I covered my eyebrows to begin with just so I could have a more defined flapper-esque brow. Theor eyebrows were plucked pencil thin with a slight arch. They also used dark blacks, grays, and browns to create their smokey/raccoon eyes. I didn't use as much blush as they would've used just because my cheeks are already natural rosy so i used a cherry colored blush and lightly spread it along my cheeks. Their lips were also very matte but they intensely defined their cupid's bow it was an almost ridiculous shape. I had planned on curling to top layer of my hair giving it the effect of a short flapper hairstyle but I began thinking when I curl it my hair will be extremely short almost to my eyes curled. I would end up looking like a whore-ish cabbage patch doll hahah, and that's not good. But here is not inspired look. I also edited one to look old-timey. Lol

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