1920s fashion wasn't just about flappers and fringed dresses. Traditional designs from China and Japan had a big influence on Twenties style with trends like kimino-style coats and robes and richly embroidered fabrics becoming popular. Here are some of my favourite Chinese and Eastern-inspired vintage. Aren't they fabulous? The embroidery is just exquisite! Chinese designs were also really popular in the 1950s so you can dress these fashions up any way you like! They can look very glamorous with skinny jeans or leggings and a vintage slip used as a long sexy camisole.
Not all women in the 1920s wore long strings of beads and bangles on their arms, the Chinese influence was also found in jewelry with carved bone, ivory and mother-of-pearl.
The Asian influence in the 1920s was confined to fashion. Homewares with Chinese detailing were also popular. I adore this hand-embroidered antique Chinese wall hanging. At 12 ft long I can't begin to imagine how long it must have taken to create - isn't it special? All of these items are currently available to buy in our store. If you'd like to see our full range of Chinese-style vintage fashions you can take a look here, most are from the 1920s but there are also some from the 1940s and 50s.