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By Bob Hensz

The last thing I ever thought I'd do was not only be an editor, but a fashion editor at that . . . HA! What do I know about fashions - that is except what catches my eye normally in a lovely lady or one covered in exquisite jewelry in an almost obscene display of money rolled up in gold and diamonds, yet here I am writing about some Model A era fashions - which, in and among itself, becomes a rather interesting subject. (Note: anyone wanting to take over this section is more than welcome to it!!) For instance, I cannot imagine wearing the wool that many early settlers - men and women - wore in the summer in Texas, and although it would breathe, it had to be incredibly hot! For example, check out the difference in these two pictures - one is an early settler's style dress complete with bonnet, while the other is a 1920's summer dress. It is not hard to tell which is the cooler one! (Image from Butterick pattern B4570- MAFCA Clip Art picture) Now of course hemlines have gone up steadily, and in the fashion world (or even fashion emergency world) women are in very short skirts or shorts, with a printed t-shirt.

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The fashions in the 20s progressed from the longer dresses to a more straight style with lower waistlines - just look at the flapper dresses, which were even short. Another style that became fashionable was the daytime frock. By about 1928 the straight styles were beginning to give way to more curves creating a more feminine look. Although the straighter dresses were in style, many women still wore the dresses pictured at the lower left. It might also be an interesting thing to note that after the stock market crash, - into the early 30s - many of the styles, from what I have seen, lowered the hemlines again, as though there was a shift to more modest looks, which appears to have continued until the post World War II era. In the early 30's the shoulders were also widened a bit on ladies dresses and suits.

Bob Hensz is a member of the Brazos Valley A's Model A club in Texas.


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