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Costume gallery

1920s fashion

four women in 1920s evening wear

Women's evening wear

two women wearing winter coats and cloche hats

Winter coats and cloche hats

two men and two women in formal evening wear

Couples in formal evening wear

working class men in woollen suits and flat caps

Working men

middle class man wearing a suit and holding a bowler hat

Suited middle class man

The most radical change in style for women's clothing happened throughout the 1920s. Hems rose, waistlines dropped, corsets disappeared and elaborate bead work became popular on dresses.

Middle-class men still wore suits, ties and waistcoats during the day, and the better-off would often change into a formal suit for dinner in the evening. Working men would wear suits on high days and holidays.

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