In 1958, Marilyn Monroe appeared in a lavish Life magazine spread to pay homage to five sex symbols of the
screen who came before her. As Marlene Dietrich, she’s a lofty ice queen; as Jean Harlow, a smoldering temptress. But
as silent film siren Clara Bow, she’s a
kinetic force: Under a canopy of pink and red balloons, she pops champagne and vamps flirtatiously, flinging her
arms out and her knees in, the long rows of fringe on her short red dress caught midswing by Richard Avedon’s lens.
Thanks to that dress, it’s clear immediately that Bow, who had faded into obscurity by the time of the shoot and is a
virtual unknown now, was at her peak a Jazz Age vixen of the highest order — a flapper.
Almost 60 years later, from Halloween to New Year’s Eve to your cousin’s bridal shower, the same standard still
applies: The quickest way to pull together a look everyone will read as “1920s” is a short, tight, scoop-neck dress,
probably in a solid red or black, dripping with fringe or at least with a long fringe hemline. On Amazon, options start
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