LOSING THE CORSET, WINNING THE VOTE & THE FLAPPER REVOLUTION: How Fashion Re-Shaped the Modern Woman

Many events were canceled in the Suffrage Centennial year of 2020 because of the pandemic, but we’re not cancelling women’s history nor learning about the fashion that shaped it! Cornelia revised her presentation to include the fascinating storyline of what happened after women got the vote! “LOSING THE CORSET, WINNING THE VOTE & THE FLAPPER REVOLUTION: How Fashion Re-Shaped the Modern Woman”.

With entertaining stories and hundreds of historical images, Cornelia explains in her presentations how, in the seven-decades-long campaign for the vote, women considered costume as “political armor.” Suffrage leaders encouraged followers “to use their style to further the cause—to be the most elegant ladies in the public sphere.” But after 1920 when women got the vote, fashionand the worldturned upside down! Women escaped their limited domestic sphere” and showed their knees, bobbed their hair, and danced the night away!

Sharing ways in which women “dressed to protest” (with topics from “losing the corset and gaining the vote” to “pantaloons and other costumes of the resistance” to “the little white dress as suffrage’s secret weapon” to “after the vote and legs, legs, legs!"), Cornelia sets the tone of a time and place in history—and what women wore while changing it!

King Louis XIV of France said that “fashion is the mirror of history” and in Cornelia’s storyteller imagination, she reveals how the most entertaining “history lessons” can be told through this “Who-Wore-What-When-and-Why” mirror. ~


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