There was only one possible explanation. The word flapper was originally used in the 1700s; that is, flapper flappers in America.
But there is plenty of evidence demonstrating that flappers came to be used widely in Europe much earlier than this. In the 1570s, for example, women flouers are recorded as wearing their dresses on the shoulders — before that, they weren’t allowed to wear anything other than black or white at all.
Another clue in history was the introduction of the boudoir costume by Marie-Louise de Prévost, a French noblewoman who was flapper. She was a very glamorous woman who made the most of her career to serve as an entertainer in France, Italy and Germany.
It’s the same pattern here in America — where, unlike in Europe, flapper dresses are known and used without any particular tradition or social stigma.
In fact, flapper dressers didn’t even start using their own name until the 1940s. During this time, however, they were still referred to simply as “flappers.”
How did flapper dresses gain popularity?
The fact that flappers were a social, political and even artistic movement has helped boost their popularity.
For one thing, they have an extremely short history of origin, spanning from the late 17th century to the early 19th century.
Their origins are a bit less certain; many flappers may have claimed to have been born in America, for instance, before they came to the United States in the 1600s. Some of the older accounts point to women in America who wore dresses and hats to dress up as women and show a love of country in their dresses.
Flapper dressers also started wearing their clothes during wartime — a practice common to women who went to war in France in the 1800s. In fact, in order to distinguish themselves as “American women,” some flapper dressers may have taken their clothes off for the occasion.
Many flapper dressers also wear clothing with slogans that would make sense for a “flapper” — for example:
Flotilla (French: Fléte) — this dress, when held, is like a cross between a dress and a skirt. The sleeves are always pulled down below the elbow, or raised higher and lower to make a pleat over the chest to keep the outfit from riding up. Like to play with my flotilla; like