Remembering Clara Bow

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A vintage-style crochet cloche hat, in 3 sizes, with matching fingerless mitts/wrist warmers.  Reminiscent of the Flapper Era when women like Clara Bow dared to flaunt new fashions and embark on new careers, challenging the status quo of the Victorian and Edwardian ideals of femininity and women’s “right” place in Society, these versatile designs are quick to make in bulky weight yarn with a 7mm crochet hook. Buy the pattern now, and make a set to wear or give as a gift!

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“We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”  Clara Bow

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You either have “It” or you don’t, and my new “It Girl“collection of designs will help you get “It.”  They will be reminiscent of the Roaring 20’s Flapper era when the original “It” girl, silent movie star Clara Bow, was the epitome of the “new woman.”  She was, perhaps, the first movie star to visibly flaunt “it”–her sex appeal–and symbolized women’s desire for social change: not only sexual freedom, but the right to dress as they pleased, go where they pleased, and do as they pleased.

After her success in “It” in 1927, Clara Bow became a fashion icon. Women wanting to look like the popular star copied her style–short skirts, red hair, cloche hats and makeup. Clara Bow used henna in her blonde hair to darken it so that it would show to more advantage in the black and white films, so henna hair-dye became popular. Women could purchase “Clara Bow” cloche style hats through Sears & Roebuck’s famous mail-order catalogues, and make-up was advertised using her name and image.

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The “It Girl” Collection of patterns will feature more hats, sweaters, scarves, and other fashionable accessories for modern women–who owe so much to the bold, daring, and adventurous women of the early 20th century, the “Flappers.”  I hope they will help you individualize your own “It Girl” look.

choose colours and fibres that please you; stay up late to finish them; and end up with better health by staying warm while you go out and have fun!

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Note: some of the images used in this post may be copyright and are used under the “Fair Use” clause to properly convey the meaning of my article and illustrate Miss Bow’s influence on fashion, film, and society.


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