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Preserving History: A 1920's Photo Shoot

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Last Friday, I had another photo shoot, this time with this beautiful green satin 1920's dress. Its interesting how fashion from different eras has changed so much. I usually wear clothes from the 40's and 50's so this sleeveless, short skirt, slinky 20's dress made me feel very naked. Wearing this dress made me realize how shocking the rebellious flapper fashion must have been at the time. The dress came with a matching sash that I wasn't quite sure what to do with so I tied it in my hair. This was my first attempt at waving using a curling iron. It was very simple to do and yielded pretty decent results, I think!
This is part of an ongoing project, shooting models in these antique garments in an effort to preserve them in photos. Some of these things are so old that they begin to fall apart as we shoot in them, much like this sweet 20's dress. The photos will be displayed at a small, local museum and kept on record for future historians. It's such an honor to be a part of this amazing project.







Disclosure: Va-Voom Vintage is not an affiliate of Reverie Revel

17 Responses to “Preserving History: A 1920's Photo Shoot”

  1. You look so great on every photo!

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  2. How gorgeous! And that color dress is so yummy. You look wonderful! Love the pic of you twirling your skirt. :)

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  3. You look great! It must be wonderful playing dressup ;) I think the 20s is a wonderful age but like you i've stuck to the 40s / 50s as they're a bit more flattering on me. I loved the 20s/30s in my 20s though and I could so easily be tempted back!!!

    Maxine xx

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  4. Yes, I agree! The 40's and 50's are much more flattering on my body than the 20's but it was fun to play with!

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  5. Very beautiful photos!

    I've been trying to comment on your blog for a while now, to let you know how much I enjoy it, but for some reason, it won't let me sign in. Figured I'd try again, and hope this one makes it.

    I've been reading for a few months now, and I've linked from my blog. We're actually neighbors, sort of. I live on the other side of St. Louis near Edwardsville, IL. Anyway, I really like your blog!

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  6. You look gorgeous and that dress is just lovely!
    Great Photos
    My favorite
    The black and white photo of the dress swishing!

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  7. Gorgeous you how stunning do you look and that dress is luscious.

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  8. I think its great that you tried something new and daring-good for you mama xox

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  9. I looove the black and white pictures! You're making me think I could pull off a 1920s dress myself! It's my favorite fashion era but as you and another reader mentioned, the 50s are also way more flattering for my body. But you wear this flapper dress amazingly well!! The sepia toned photo is my favorite.

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  10. You make a gorgeous flapper! The dress is beautiful, just look at all that lace...
    What a great project, I'm sure future generations will appreciate these photos.

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  11. wonderful dress and you look smashing!

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  12. What great photos! Love the outfit, and best of all that high voltage smile. V-voom indeed!
    the Citizen Rosebud

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  13. the dress, the beads, the feathers ! Great 1920s look!

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  14. Ciao, Hi there
    Great Photos, very Artistic and You look Meravigliosa . . .Cheers!
    Ciao dall'Italia
    Greetings from Italy by fellow Artist Aurè

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  15. I am in love with that dress. You look amazing. By any chance are you selling it???? I would love to have it. :)

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