Project Name

Culture Clash

Materials used:

Up-cycled cotton bedsheets due to lockdown and limited resources available.

In my project I explored the Art Deco period, 1920-1930. I was inspired by the many influencial women who had made significant changes during this time. Women won the right to vote in 1918 which meant the 1920’s was an incline to feminism. Women rebelled at this time by leaving the house unchaperoned, partying, drinking, smoking and wearing more revealing clothes. They were known as flapper girls, and were frowned upon by society. This encouraged me to look at designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion, best known for her modern and futuristic designs throughout the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. I was also emotionally evoked by Josephine Baker, an American-born French entertainer and civil rights activist, fighting racism and sexism.
It was my intention to make a classic 1920’s style dress with a low-cut front and back, knee length skirt and loosely fitted. It was my intention to modernise the design by making part of the skirt shorter and bringing it in at the waist, giving an A-line shape.

Bo Freya Tavner


Fashion and Textiles, Year 1

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