Of Another Fashion

An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color

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I’m bringing back Flapper Friday! Here’s Helen Hong (Korean American flapper wearing the amazing cloche) hanging out at Echo Park in California with friends, 1928.

Credit: Los Angeles Public Library

This bathing beauty is Anita Diaz Lozano.The photo was taken in Los Angeles in 1925.

Credit: Los Angeles Public Library

The is my grandfather’s sister, Julia Allen Maclin (1904-1999). She is standing alongside the house my great-grandfather bought circa 1920 in Newport News, Virginia. I’d guess that the photo was taken in the late 1920s. Aunt Julia never had children of her own, but we (her deceased brother’s seven grandchildren) loved her fiercely. She operated a beauty parlor from a back room in this house after her parents died. I have warm, if vague, memories of spending summers with her as a very small child in the mid-1960s, especially of having my hair washed in the deep basin in her shop and eating biscuits with honey at her kitchen table.

Submitted by Lisa Y. Henderson (Atlanta, GA).

This is my great grandmother, Uno Ishizaki (seated), and her daughter - my grandmother -Alice Ishizaki who’s in her early teens. The photo was taken in a studio in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

Submitted by Cheryl Motoyama (Santa Ana, California).

[Look at that fabric pin brooch! Dying of sartorial envy!]

            Meet Mrs. Eddie Polk, a flapper from Venice, California!

This is a found photograph from an antique shop in Georgia. There’s no identifying information but the donor estimates the image was taken sometime in the 1920s.

Submitted by Lisa Henderson (Atlanta, Georgia).

The actor’s real name is not listed but here, she’s in character as Clotilde in a vaudeville show called “We’ve Got It Co.” The photograph was taken by Poole Studio, 1922.

This is a found photograph from an antique shop in Georgia. There’s no identifying information but the donor estimates the image was taken sometime in the 1920s.

Submitted by Lisa Henderson (Atlanta, Georgia).

These are my maternal great grandparents with their daughter, my grandmother Alice Ishizaki (ca. 1920s) who’s about 9 or 10 years old here. My great grandmother, Uno Ishizaki, mostly made her own clothes so the outfit she’s wearing was probably homemade. This photo was taken in a studio in Los Angeles.

Submitted by Cheryl Motoyama (Santa Ana, California).

This is my grandmother’s best friend, R. Yoshihara. The photo was taken in Los Angeles, California in 1927.

Many thanks to Cheryl Motoyama for being the first to contribute a photograph of a Japanese American flapper! Absolutely lovely.

This photo was taken (ca. 1928) during a summer that my grandmother spent in Bayonne, NJ working for college money and living with her maternal grandmother and cousins. The family was from Statesville, NC. One sister and her husband migrated to Bayonne around World War I, and several siblings and their mother later followed. My grandmother, who died last year at age 101, had wonderful memories of the summers she spent visiting her family in New Jersey. This photo includes cousins Jay McNeely (1906-??), unknown, Ardeanur Smith Hart (1903-1996), my grandmother Margaret Colvert Allen (1908-2010), and Wardenur Houser Jones (1913-1941).

Submitted by Lisa Henderson (Atlanta, Georgia).

                             The finale of Flapper Friday, for now.

                                 And Flapper Friday continues!

I can’t decide what part of Marguerite Willard’s look I love more, her corsage or her hair which recalls Princess Leia’s hair buns but, you know, preceded them by about 50 years!

Welcome to Flapper Friday!