In the decade following the Great War there was a dramatic
shift away from the values of previous generations. The
new decade would be a period that stressed youth and the
exciting new vistas of the Jazz Age. Women also entered
the workplace in increasing numbers. Fashion was informed
by the eclectic character of Art Deco aesthetics, combining
elements of Chinoiserie, abstraction and machine age modernism.
Experimentation with hemlines, draping and seaming as well
as sumptuous surface embellishment continue the extension
of a new vocabulary of dress.
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