As the first of what would become a wave of women’s liberation in the late 20th century, this movement—from the suffragettes of the 1900s onward—reflected a powerful shift in the national culture, from a conservative, patriarchal, sexist culture to one of egalitarianism and women’s liberation and greater opportunity for women in the workplace, at home, in the media, and even within the military. In a lot of ways, flappers were the beginning of the modern counterculture that brought about the ’60s, when the traditional “Mad Men”-era 1950s aesthetic was replaced by a new, hip aesthetic, like the fashion icons of the ’80s, in which women often wore more stylish clothing and became more outspoken, public characters. In the ’70s, the movement was revived and expanded, moving into a larger cultural realm and becoming increasingly popular in the ’80s and ’90s.
As the 20th century continued and changed, women flappers became icons, and the symbol of that was the sequined, strapless top. After the mid-’60s and through the 1970s, “dancing girls,” usually modeled by French women, would also be the top choice for all but certain white men, thanks to the popularity of disco, or what would become “hip-hop music.”
In 1973, there were around 10 million female models in the U.S. According to Fashion magazine in 1985, there were more than 40 million models in the U.S. by the year 2000. And the female stars of this era? Ahem—they were a bunch of sexy-as-hell.
1. Linda Evans
One of Linda Evans’ most memorable dresses is a beautiful, strapless black skirt and gown. It could be a pretty classic looking top, or she could be dressed in some provocative make-up to make it a little more risque. And although she was pretty hot, in reality she was a shy girl who didn’t do the spotlight well. The most famous of her dancers was Donna Summer who did most of her dancing for her in the ’80s. In fact, the dancing, the glamour, the dancing, the glamor, and the flappers would never be the same again…right?
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2. Gloria Stiles
I don’t remember whether I liked or didn’t like Gloria Stiles, but I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that they did. In