Western fashion underwent modernization in the 1920s. With the rise of hemlines to the ankle and the move from the S-bend corset to the columnar silhouette of the 1910s, women’s fashions had evolved away from the extravagant and restrictive style of the Victorian and Edwardian periods and towards looser clothing that began more than a decade earlier.
There are two distinct periods of fashion during the 1920s: in the early part of the decade, change was slow, and there was more reluctance to wear the new, revealing trends. In 1925, the public became more passionate about the styles now associated with the Roaring Twenties. Until the worldwide depression worsened in 1931, these styles dominated fashion.
These fantastic historical photos were taken in Launceston, Cornwall, in the 1920s in the studio of William Smale Cater.