They didn’t call the 1920’s “roaring” for nothing. It was an era of changes, with people taking daring leaps towards the future.
In terms of design, let’s remember that they didn’t have the same tools that we now have. But somehow, this fact did not stop the designers back then to come up with amazing designs. Arguably, designs from the 20’s were some of the most influential of the entire decade. In fact, these continue to influence our design decisions up to this day.
Art Deco proved to be one of the most popular trends back then, something that completely revolutionized how people looked at art and design in general. The concept involved incorporating different elements into a single look, regardless if they matched people’s idea of what a single design should look like. In fact, that’s what made art deco great. No matter how contradictory elements were, designers found ways to put them together and come up with a single amazing piece.
There was a lot of geometry, used mostly in patterns and textures. There were also a lot of bright colors involved, something completely new in an era where Technicolor was still a fairly new idea.
What other elements influenced design back then? Why, fashion, of course!
Long necklaces, bobbed hair, cloche hats – these were the things that made 20’s fashion one of the best eras in the industry. Think Great Gatsby, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what the 20’s looked like, fashion-wise. The shift dress, more popularly known as the chemise, was also a big thing back then. It was also in this decade that Chanel’s “little black dress” was popularized, something that we know has never left the list of must-have as decades went past.
Music was another huge breakthrough in the 1920’s, with the emergence of jazz into mainstream American culture. Artists like Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby were spouting hit after hit that inspired young people to enjoy the art.
It was also in the 20’s, mostly during the latter half, that country music was starting to take shape. Artists like Jimmie Rodgers, Uncle Dave Macon and The Carter Family were experimenting with new sounds that would later on become the foundation of today’s popular country styles.
To become even more inspired as you get started on your vintage-themed project, here are a few design posters from the 20’s you can draw inspiration from.