It's not clear how or when the term Flapper first wound its way into the American vernacular. The expression probably originated in pre war England. According to a 1920's fashion writer, "flapper" initially described the sort of teenage girl whose gawky frame and posture were "supposed to need a certain type of clothing-long, straight lines to cover her awkwardness-and the stores advertised these gowns as "flapper-dresses."

About Me

Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom
I am a mature student,in my final year studying for a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles. I have two children who give me lots of encouragement. They are both studying, one is currently at home and other living in London, but with whom I speak daily. I have a love of anything from the 1920's and have recently read a book that had the title "Flapper." The author was Joshua Zeitz and I found it to be an entertaining read. This is where I got the idea for the title for my Blog, Girlish Delights in Barrooms.

Monday, 8 February 2010

A trip to the British Museum.

I take inspiration from the past and have a special affection for the early 20th century. Many of the designers from the 1920's were inspired by the archaelogical discoveries made when the tomb of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter .
So I visited the British Museum in London recently, where they have a fabulous collection of artefacts from ancient Egypt. There were many wall paintings that depicted and gave a great insight into ancient Egyptian life.
I was fascinated by the painted inscriptions and the hieroglyphics on the coffins which had once held the mummified bodies of the ancient Egyptians.
I intend to use the some of the colours for my colour pallette and patterns for my designs that can be found in these paintings.


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