" Fashion is not something that exists in dresses. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening" - Coco Chanel
1920s fashion was all about liberation, trying new things and having a whole lot of fun in the process.
After World War One, women’s style loosened up (literally) as the corsets came off, skirts got shorter – shin flashing, imagine! – and thanks to a certain Coco Chanel, trousers for women were in for the very first time.
A glance inside a women’s 1920's handbag probably would have shown some lipstick, a small case of powder, a house key, and a few coins. That’s it. If it wasn’t for the boom in using makeup, smoking cigarettes, and young women living away from male caretakers (who footed the credit accounts with local merchants) there would be no need for a purse at all.
The discovery of King Tutankhamens Tomb in 1923 led to the Egyptian inspired art on the purses.
Women in the 1920s never left the house without hat, gloves and handbag. Catalogs of the day like Sears-Roebuck listed accessory packages for a particular outfit.
"The right accessories makes a so-so dress into a smashing Gatsby success"
The clutch purse became popular in the 1920s and continued through the 1950s. Materials for handbags were all sorts of leathers: calfskin, lizard, snake, alligator and patent.
Nightclubs became the venues for men and women to get dressed up, take their automobile, and go out drinking and listen to the new sounds of Jazz music. This 1920s nightlife scene has remained a staple of hip young people ever since.