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Famous Flappers and their Fabulous Fashions


The  women’s rights movement in the 1920’s sparked a major fashion revolution.  Young women rebelled against the restrictive garments that had been worn by their mothers and opted for loose fitting dresses that downplayed their curves.  Of course, in the flapper era,  wearing clothing that was easy to dance in was also a plus.  Can’t exactly do  Charleston kicks  in  tight fitting corsets and  long gowns!  And just like today, young women looked to celebrities for their fashion inspiration. Below are photos of  some of the most famous fashionable  flappers of the 20s stage and screen.

Clara Bow, the “It Girl”, wearing a stunning pleated, print dress. How about those adorable ankle socks with the heels?  So much for thinking it was just an 80s thing!

Clara Bow 1920s Dress

Clara Bow in 1920s Dress


Headbands were very big back in the 1920s.

Clara Bow Head Band

Clara Bow wearing Head Band

Mlle. Rhea was an actress and dancer in the 20s. Here she is with her handy dandy little garter flask. No self respecting prohibition era flapper would leave home without it! Note the Mary Jane pumps.  Along with the T strap and Louis heel, it was an iconic shoe style of the era.

Mlle Rhea dancer 1920s

20's dancer Mlle. Rhea with her handy garter flask

 Louise Brooks was the bad girl of  the silver screen. She’s the actress who made the bobbed haircut famous.  Her dropped waist dress and cloche hat were the height of fashion in the 1920’s.

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks in fur trimmed coat, cloche hat and drop waist dress

You may think of Joan Crawford as a popular actress from the 40s, but here she is with Dorothy Sebastian and Anita Page in the 1928 film  “Our Dancing Daughters”.   Joan, along with Anita and Dorothy were the quintessential flapper girls!

Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastion, Anita Page

Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastion, Anita Page

Photos of Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page courtesy of Cabonated’s Photostream on Flickr


If you love the fashion looks of the Jazz Era, are planning a 20s wedding or  have a 20’s themed event to attend, then check out Blue Velvet Vintage for our dresses and accessories inspired by the fabulous fashions of the 1920’s!

20's inspired fashins 1920s style clothing

20s inspired fashions

1. Nataya embroidered ivory tulle 20s style dress  2. Black satin T strap pumps

3. Black and silver T strap dress sandals  4. Black flapper style beaded lace dress

5. Ivory beaded 20’s reproduction flapper dress  6.  Bronze beaded fringe evening bag

7. Deco style faux pearl and rhinestone bracelet  8. Nataya 20’s inspired ivory chiffon dress w/rose accent

9. Black beaded fringe reproduction flapper dress  10.  White beaded fringed reproduction flapper dress

11. Beaded fringed black tulle shawl  12. Ivory cloche hat with lace and crystal trim

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Nataya dresses now at Blue Velvet Vintage


Am very excited to report that I've just added a lovely selection of dresses by Nataya to my website. I've always admired her feminine vintage inspired designs and am now very happy to be able to offer them to my customers.

Inga Nataya Bogomolny started designing clothing when she was 11 years old.  When her family moved to the United States from Uzbekistan, in 1990, she attended the LA County School for the Arts and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. After learning the fashion trade as a designer for Papillon, she started her own line in 1996.

Her clothing is often referred to as "wearable art"  because of the generous use of embroidery, beading and various other ornamentation incorporated into her outfits.  Inspiration comes from the Belle Epoque and Baroque periods, with a 20's, 30's or 40's flair.  Sensuous, bohemian, ethereal, romantic and glamorous are appropriate words to accurately describe her creations.

Below are a few of the styles I just added.  They certainly are enchanting alternatives for those seeking a less formal look for their prom or wedding.  And if you've got a fancy cocktail party to attend or a special date, these unique creations will definitely leave a lasting impression!  I can also special order other colors, sizes and styles.

From the Montmartre Doll collection- Beaded and embroidered black satin dress


20's Style ivory layered chiffon and crepe dress


Blue cotton slip dress with antique beige chiffon overlay


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Vintage Inspirations for Fall/Winter 2007


The hottest fashions on the  runways for the fall/winter season take much of their influence from the deco 1920s and  film noir 1940s.  Ladylike is in, covered up, but with sexy figure hugging silhouettes.  Knits, lots of gray and purple and low waisted, flapper style dresses.  Hats and gloves are the must have accessories.

Vintage seller, Denisebrain ,  has put together a fantastic collage, showcasing a stunning collection of authentic vintage clothing that reflects the current trends.

Visit the Vintage  Fashion Guild website to learn how to get this season’s hottest looks the vintage way!

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Getting Married in Vintage Style


Vintage style weddings are becoming increasingly popular, with more and more brides looking for ways to make their special day a unique and truly memorable event.  Very often the vintage theme will form around the bride’s preferred era for clothing, enabling her to wear a wedding gown from her favorite decade.

I found this great article on dressing for a vintage wedding.  Good information about bridal styles specific to each decade from the 20’s to the 50’s.

And here is a representative sampling of vintage wedding gowns from the flapper to disco era.

20’s and 30’s art deco elegance from The Frock . They definitely have one of the most impressive collections of gowns on the internet.


On the left from Damn Good Vintage is a 1940’s satin gown. Perfect for the Hollywood glamour theme.  On the right a 50’s fabulous floaty tulle confection from Wyoming Vintage


An elegant 60’s net and lace embellished empire gown from Vintage Vixen and another gorgeous offering from The Frock , a  1970’s one shoulder beaded beauty by Halston.


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