Vintage 1920s Flapper Dresses



2015-06-26 10:30:47

Vintage 1920s Flapper Dresses are vintage dresses which are highly sought after by modern collectors.

History and Description

A flapper dress is the name given to the style of dress worn by liberated young women (known as flappers) in the decade following WW1.

They are loosely styled, with a dropped waist, in flimsy fabrics, usually no longer than knee-length, sleeveless and often backless. Associated with a break in accepted social mores, they were specifically designed to create a boyish outline and demonstrate that the wearer had few if any clothes underneath and could move freely.

These dresses were seen as a mark of rebellion against previous fashions, which had emphasized a woman’s waist, breasts and hips, and had usually restricted her movement by the use of corsets and several layers of petticoats.

Guide For Collectors

Flapper dresses can be found in house-clearance sales, estate foreclosures and personal collections, for example, family members may still own these dresses.

However, by the 1920s “off the peg” fashion was flourishing. Many of the ready-made garments produced were of poor quality, made of cheap materials, and have had a great deal of wear.

Another option is to look for garments which were made for individuals, (often for parties or special occasions,) which may have only been worn once or twice. Sometimes collections of dresses belonging to iconic figures are sold individually or in lots.

The Unique Vintage website offers genuine flapper dresses for sale.


A rose ivory fringed flapper dress was sold by Auctions Neopolitan in November 2005 for $80.

A Fringed and sequined flapper dress was sold by Michann’s Auctions in January 2011 for $90.

A yellow flapper dress with slip was sold by William Bunch Auctions and Appraisals in August 2011 for $110.

An ornate beaded flapper dress was sold by JK Galleries Inc. in June 2007 for $450.

A beaded flapper dress was sold by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in September 2007 for $225.

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