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The Flapper Dapper Photo Art Show

Flapper sitting on couch


This fun little flapper photo art project was inspired by a haircut:  Anessa Ramsey’s haircut to be specific.  At the time, we (that is Nate & Travis) had been working on another photo series titled “The Chronicles of Follicles” and had decided that a little recess from shooting big hairy bearded men was needed.  So, after spotting an inspirational coiffure, an aged period piece dealing with flappers seemed to be just the ticket.  We don’t think Anessa really knew what she was getting into when we recruited her, but, we were more than happy with the results and we think she even had a little fun herself.  That was the beginning of the “Flapper Dapper Art Show” and from there we went ahead and set up more shoots with other willing friends.
The Roaring 20s was a pretty cool time to be alive. It was a time of celebration and dance, radio was new, and Louise Armstrong was king.  People would dance all night long in gin mills or speakeasies while doing “The Shimmy,” “The Fox Trot, ” or “The Charleston.”  Cheaper cars and voting rights allowed women to experience new freedoms, resulting in the birth of the flapper.
The flapper was the “new woman.”  She drank, she smoked, she voted, she danced, she wore make-up, she cut her hair short, and she took risks. These women were young, carefree, and sometimes a little awkward, but as they broke away from social norms, they had both an image and an attitude that still resonates with women today.
–Special Thanks goes to make-up artist Roanna Bales and Melody Smith Roebuck and to our fabulous models: Anessa Ramsey, Lynn DeRoller, Zoe Cooper, Anna Patrick, Alexis Gaspard, Steve Capps, and Carly Hancock.  We’d also like to thank Shellie Schmals, Talloolah Love, and Bryan Hieserman for wardrobe and support.
And Carroll St. Cafe’ for hosting our show.

-The Dorn Brothers

Take a look

See full gallery of Flapper Photos and Vintage Fashion HERE

1920s Slang:

Bee’s Knees – An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate great;

Baby- sweetheart. Also denotes something of high value or respect

Bum’s rush – ejection by force from an establishment
Gin Mill – An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar
Hooch – Bootleg liquor
Juice Joint – Speakeasy
Line – a false story, as in “to feed one a line.”
On the level – legitimate, honest
Ossified – a drunk person
Sitting pretty – in a prime position
Smarty – a cute flapper
Cat’s Meow – Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee’s knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.

Clam – a dollar
Daddy – a young woman’s boyfriend or lover, especially if he’s rich
Dame – a female. Did not gain widespread use until the 1930’s.
Dapper – neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit
Dolled up – dressed up
Flapper – A stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts & shorter hair

Glad rags – “going out on the town” clothes
Goofy – In love, as in, “ah, he’s goofy”
Gold Digger – A woman who associates with or marries a man for his wealth
Wet Blanket – a solemn person, a killjoy



Flappers and Vintage Fashion – Images by DornBrothers Productions

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