Fashions of the Roaring 20ís
by Ellie Laubner
review by Sandra Todaro

The book cover of "Fashions of the Roaring 20's"

  Letís get it out, up front, in the open. I love the fashions of the 1920ís. Face it, Iím fascinated by the era. Flappers, sheiks, Oh, you kid, twenty-three skidoo - Iím a sucker for it all. But donít misinterpret. Because Iím a bona fide 20ís fancier, Iím doubly critical of works purported to be authoritative discussions of the era. As a child of the Ď60s, I wore clothes remarkably like these - innovative, tradition breaking garments that not only clothed the body, but made a statement about the wearer. I wore my vintage items in the late Ď60s when I was in my early teens. They were all mementos of the 1920s saved by a dear friend then in her sixties.

I made an entrance at my high school prom wearing a Ď20s beaded dress and carrying a mesh bag. So when I was asked to look at Ellie Laubnerís book, Fashions of the Roaring 20s, I was interested, but I had reservations.

Well, I neednít have been concerned. Ms. Laubner has produced a delightful book guaranteed to whet the collecting appetite of any lover of vintage fashion. Taking a year by year approach to the decade, she manages to provide the reader with an excellent sampling of the scope and variety of Ď20s costume. She further delineates categories into daywear, evening wear, sportswear, bridal and maternity, as well as including sections on hats, jewelry, purses and more. Thereís also information on menís and childrenís clothing.

Photographs are clear and detailed. Descriptions are succinct and precise. Vintage photographs of ordinary people are sprinkled throughout the book, providing an accurate, contemporary view of the era. The authorís knowledge of and love for her subject shine through. Ms. Laubner is to be congratulated. Itís a terrific book. enjoyed every page.

 

Review reprinted with permission from Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry and the author

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