Were they all wearing the same? There were all kinds of stories on flappers wearing very simple hats, and in 1875 the Daily Express carried the following report:
“At the present time, according to an informed source who has heard and seen much since the introduction of the new ‘tuxes’ [for flappers] by the authorities in various places the most common accessory of flappers is an umbrella.
“A little less common is the simple hat; but flappers have been known to adopt as their hat a coat with a single ear; this ‘hats-coat’ is a popular costume.”
There are also a number of photographs taken in 1875 – just a few years before the famous ‘Dora Maar’ picture, which many believe was taken in 1876. The first photograph shows a young woman with glasses on her head, with a hat and a jacket.
In the second photograph the woman in the middle (with the glasses on her head) with a short coat, but wearing a hat and jacket. The photo, dated August 1873, shows a woman with glasses on her head, holding a hat and jacket.
The following summer the Daily Express reported the ‘tuxedo’ fashion, with the following headline “Young Ladies in a Daze’ (1879):
“A Daze: Dressed to impress. Girls in a daze. The fashion in these days of women in a fashionable mood. What to make of them? They are dressed to impress in a daze. It is as simple one might expect with so much pomp and ceremony and pompously made dress. A few years ago this was a sign of the times but since they have started to wear black velvet hats and the hair is done up in a wreath one has the strongest notion of the present mood in the world.
“In fact, as far as one can judge from the present appearance of things, the present mood of women is that of a little daze or something like it. No doubt it was a sort of daze in 1793, when they were called Queen, and they dressed to impress, not to please.
“Their dress is plain, their hair up for long tresses and there are black capes and hats and caps. We can no more conceive of the present mood of a young lady dressed up for the country than she herself thinks of it.”
Of course by the end of 1875 the women who wore the