So the1930s had a bleak outlook, being remembered for mass unemployment, the rise of Hitler & the outbreak of war! Not the best of decades on record. Although the statistics show that after from the mid 30s unemployment began to fall in Britain, there was still depression for most parts, particularly in the North.
In design there had been a new movement called Art Deco, which could be seen across many homes – particularly France. It was a new style of furniture and architecture. Like the work of the De Stijl group, the geometric lines and shapes were extremely popular during this period.
The first electric appliances were making their appearance in households, however luxuries such as washing machines and even hoovers were only accessible to the wealthy.
Women started to dress in a more conservative way, a reflection of the dark times no doubt. Very unlike the party dresses & freedom of the 1920s.
Then of course, in 1939, War broke and it was another blow to this depressing decade. Many children were evacuated to the countryside before the bombings began.
I’ve learnt a lot that fashion is much a reflection of the times in some cases. Although this is largely influenced by events, there is something quite sincere that dress is a statement of the times. When 9/11 happened, there was a massive change seen across the catwalks that reflected the horrible times & aftermath. Fashion is an expression of ourselves. We wear black to funerals because its dark, but also seen as respectful. Although modern day culture has seen many twists on this and traditions being changed all over the world. Fashion used to be seen as social class, rich people could afford lavish fabrics where as poor people could barely afford food, let alone clothes. Nowadays, its not about the material as such, its more the identity & still in some cases class. Two people wearing a plain T-shirt, one from Primark & one from Armani, most wouldn’t know the difference at first glance, now its more about the label but interestingly still about the cost.
The 1930s have opened my eyes to the issues in society that still in some ways exist today. The scale of fashion is a viewable one, from the low cost budget stores to the likes of Selfridges or Harrods. Although the stats between ‘class’ are still around, the differences have changed dramatically. Of course there are still those that attend Oxford or Cambridge that seem to live a lifetime away from the rest of us, but in society, are there still these old fashioned views? This could be an issue addressed within my essay.
These are some examples of the art movements work, as you can see its colourful, bright, and almost reminds me a little of pop art.