Patterns

A study of the contemporary fashion magazines, pattern services, and catalogues of the 1920s and 1930s provide invaluable information and insight into the era. The women's magazines of these decades contain a great deal of information for the homemaker. Current fashions were not the only focus: how to make clothing, where to buy the patterns, how to alter or re-trim "last year's" clothes to conform to new fashions were regular features. Acceptable skirt lengths for specific occasions as well as proper fabric and color choices were also covered. Women couldn't do without their magazines and traded them with their friends.

This section provides a look at some of these dress styles--complete with patterns--from the 1920s and 1930s.

Paper Dolls

Get to know a family from the 1920s and 1930s and dress them in their period clothes, play around with some haute couture, an watch a paper doll fashion show... it's all here in this interactive Fun With Fashion Section.

Fashion Film Clips

Check out a flapper fashion show, a silent film on foot health, a Coney Island Cake Walk, and a full-color scene from the 1939 film The Women.