a modern past

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Renée Perle by Jacques Henri Lartigue

bonjour mes amis, i hope you’re having a fabu sunday. it’s pretty great around here cause it’s officially a day off! we’ve already been for a stroll, swim and shower, made brunch at home and have the rest of the day to play! funny that for the first itme in a long while my choice of activities is the computer. i’d been avoiding it like the plage for the past few weeks. after working full days i couldn’t even take the light of it by night.

jean henri lartigue

but with things finally straightening out, it feels a lot lighter and my little silver box can be used for fun again, not just the grind. whew! so today’s new and fresh but my obsession with the 20s for the past few days continues. since i’m not one to censor myself, i’m just letting it free flow, saving and posting pics i hadn’t seem before from a time that still intrigues me.

is it the glamour, the sleek and modern look that still seems so new?


it’s funny cause you can really see a shift from the teens and early 20s into what we see from ’25 on.

JacquesHenri-Lartigue bibi and dani in nice

bibi in cannes

changes in dress, attitude, a defiance of society and convention.

Renee Perle


josephine baker

i’m really getting into the subtleties of the decade. i love how you can see changes year by year just by the silhouette.



i love to go back in time thru ads. this one from louis vuitton shows the way we traveled.

it was so all about the well dressed woman.

the era seems surreal but somehow the ads for hermes and chanel, et al,  make it  more tangible. people really did life this elegant and cutting edge life we romanticize. (or i do).

chanel 1929

details de la mode Henry_Fournier_1928

ways to tie scarves

Sonia Delaunay patternpulp.com

and the people were real. it’s so easy to create a caricature of the era with flapper costumes and dances.

but these were muses who ran paris and the planet!

it’s still just the surface but it was fun to dig a little deeper into some of the legends that are still household names today.


but who i know so little about!

i have to admit i had no idea kiki posed for man ray.

well that’s my lil’ indulgence for today. it’s a lot later than when i started and we have a party to get to.

hope you have a summery sunday night and enjoy whatever you’re up to!


July 17, 2011. 1920's, flappers, Photography, Windows.


  1. christine95037 replied:

    Hey Claudia –
    Have you seen “Midnight In Paris” yet? I think you would really ‘get’ it. Lovely.


  2. Nita@ModVintageLife replied:

    Love all these images. I’m fascinated by that time too.


  3. kate replied:

    This was just fabulous! The era of my grandmother touring the world with her bridge building father and meeting my grandfather and dressing fabulously is a time, like the time my children were babies, I wish I could visit for a few days.


  4. Smalltown Mom replied:

    Thank you for that trip back through time.


  5. Rosa replied:

    So sophisticated and fabulous! I’m sure none of those women would be caught dead in sweatpants!! Probably vacuumed the house in high heels with a cigarette hanging out of their perfectly lipsticked mouth! And never a hair out of place…


  6. Splendid Sass replied:

    Fabulous post, Cladia! Brings back memories from the good old days!
    Hope that all is well with you!


  7. meg manion silliker replied:

    loving all these images. xo


  8. Milo replied:

    Love the pics, LOVE the period!


  9. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    They were so chic


  10. maureen replied:

    oh my! these women are so effortlessly regal & chic? how come Parisians can pull this look so easily? the 20’s is so inspiring!


  11. Home schooling replied:

    very interesting post, I have learned a lot from you, I will always apply


  12. Rosalie replied:

    Fascinating. i can’t help wondering about the reactions of those poor parents and grandparents who just didn’t approve of this transition. Oh well, thank goodness for progress.


  13. Karena replied:

    Claudia, such an elegant and chic time. People really cared about how they looked!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my Giveaway of a very Special Painting by Mary Maxam!


  14. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Oh the fabulousness! I need a new wardrobe!!! That silhouette! Yes- modern.
    Really inspiring!


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