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This is not a completely new trend but it’s been present in fashion shows and highstreet fashion and it’s always a classic. Flappers are a product of the 1920’s, back then women whore short skirts, bobbed their hair and listened to jazz. They were trying to rebel by flaunting their behavior, drinking, using a lot of makeup, driving cars and smokings. They can be traced back to Liberalism and increased influence after the end of World War I. Some say that the word flapper comes from refering to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly, some say it derives from the northern english word meaning teenage girl. In the late 19th it was used to describe girls who wore young prostitutes or very lively mid-teenage girls.
By 1908, newspapers as serious as The Times used it, although with careful explanation: “A ‘flapper’, we may explain, is a young lady who has not yet been promoted to long frocks and the wearing of her hair ‘up'”.By November 1910, the word was popular enough for the author A. E. James to begin a series of stories in the London Magazine featuring the misadventures of a pretty fifteen-year-old girl and titled “Her Majesty the Flapper”.By 1911, a newspaper review indicates the mischievous and flirtatious ‘flapper’ was an established stage-type.
The first appearance of the word and image in the United States came from the popular 1920 Frances Marion film, The Flapper, starring Olive Thomas. A related but alternative use of the word “flapper” in the late 1920s was as a media catch word that referred to adult women voters and how they might vote differently than men their age. While the term “flapper” had multiple uses, flappers as a social group were distinct from other 1920s fads.