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Clara Bow - Esther Ralston, 1927

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Early superstar Clara Bow, fearless silent movie actor, the "It" Girl. Pilloried in the press for her open attitude towards sex. 1920s.

In she participates to an acting contest that opens the doors of film studios and leaves for Hollywood, in There, her career expands and Clara Bow epitomizes the Roaring Twenties' flapper, a confident, charismatic and modern woman.

After the first world war (1914-18 women's fashion became more masculine. Female clothes became looser and more shapeless in fit. The bust was suppressed, the waist disappeared, the shoulders became broader and hair shorter and shorter.  Narrow boyish hips were preferred.  The silhouette emphasised a flattened chest and womanly curves were eliminated as the line became more simplified.

After the first world war women's fashion became more masculine. Female clothes became looser and more shapeless in fit. The bust was suppressed, the waist disappeared, the shoulders became broader and hair shorter and shorter.

Louise Brooks. American model. 1920's. You may not have heard the name, but her iconic haircut epitomized the 20's and 30's. She bore no resemblance to anything vaguely Edwardian and she embodied the spirit of the Jazz Age for a whole nation. The flapper era worshiped her.

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Clara Bow.  THE flapper of the 1920's. Starred in the famous silent movie It (1927)

Clara Bow Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in the silent film era of the It was her appearance as a spunky shopgirl in the film It that brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl".

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