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History and Cultural Context

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This paper explores Irene Castle’s influence on dress reform and ready-to-wear design of the 19teens and early 1920s. We contend that Irene Castle shaped popular ideas about beauty and style, which contributed to dramatic change in women’s appearance in the 1920s. She was also the first film actress to design and promote a self-named fashion line, Irene Castle Corticelli Fashions, a practice that has become commonplace among today’s film celebrities.

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Nov 13th, 12:00 AM

Style through Silk and the Silent Silver Screen: "Irene Castle Corticelli Fashions"

This paper explores Irene Castle’s influence on dress reform and ready-to-wear design of the 19teens and early 1920s. We contend that Irene Castle shaped popular ideas about beauty and style, which contributed to dramatic change in women’s appearance in the 1920s. She was also the first film actress to design and promote a self-named fashion line, Irene Castle Corticelli Fashions, a practice that has become commonplace among today’s film celebrities.

 

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