Throughout history, fashion has always reflected the social, political, and economic patterns in society. This exhibit explores the significance of women’s fashion from 1840-1940. It will explain and analyze the style trends throughout this period.

This illustration depicts a woman dressed in the style of 1920s flappers, smoking a cigarette. Her dress is categorized as “flapper” because of the drop waist, “short” hem, close-cut hair style, and ornate headpiece. This style represented a response to the very feminine silhouettes of the 1910s, in which women made a point to dress in more “boyish” styles.

Painting of Flapper