An image from Gazette du Bonton illustrating the geometric shape of 1920s fashion.
A piece from our collection which matches the image from Gazette du Bonton.
Inspired by the simplicity of sportswear and the influence of the Art Deco aesthetic, many garments from the 1920s are astoundingly geometric. Sometimes in pattern, almost always in form, the dresses are simple rectangles of fabric meant to hang loosely from the body. Connected to the Art Deco section of garments in this collection, we have chosen the garments below as prime examples of geometric form in 1920s fashion.
Starting with Cubism in the first decades of the 1900s, artists throughout Europe and the United States increasingly moved away from representational art and instead began breaking down visual shapes into their most basic geometric forms. These artistic innovations trickled down to fashion design. Rather than draping the fabric around the body and following its natural shape with seams and darts, fashion designers used simple rectangles and other basic shapes to surround and concealed the form. The fashionable silhouette became a series of cylinders rather than a sinuous hourglass. These flat and straight dresses were perfect for applying artistic motifs popular during the decade, especially patterned prints.
American, ca. 1920. Black thin faille silk with black net, panels of silk applied from bust.
American, ca. 1921-1924. Navy crinkled silk chiffon with women geometric sunburst in red velvet.
American, ca. 1924. Red velvet cape gathered into wide band at hips with three wide flounces below.
American, ca. 1926-1927. Orange silk brocaded with silver, high neck, long sleeves, bands, asymmetrical slash. Slip with a skirt of pleated lamé.
American, ca. 1928-1929. Cream net dress, sleeveless, gold embroidered trim, appliqued with cream and gold embroidery circle designs, graduated petal skirt layers edge with gold thread, attached charmeuse slip.
American, ca. 1925-1926. Navy wool day dress, black machine stitching in checker pattern.
Probably American, ca. 1929. Dark red charmeuse with drop waist.
American, ca. 1920-1929. Navy blue crepe dress with tan insets. Double Elizabethan collar.
American, ca. 1920. Ivory wool day dress.
American, ca. 1925-1929. Rust colored silk crepe dress with black trim, black and gold machine embroidered stitching, ties on side, three snaps at each side of collar.