How to Make a 1920s Flapper Dress Costume In One Hour

Updated April 17, 2017

Creating a 1920s flapper dress costume in one hour may seem like a daunting task, but if you know how, it can be done easily and efficiently. With some fabric glue and old shoes, jewellery and dresses, you can make a costume right before you head out of the door to your Halloween party.

Buy a solid black sleeveless dress or use an old one. If you have a old sleeveless nightgown, that can also work. If you want bright colours, go for bold reds or purples. Flapper fashion didn't include pastel colours, so make sure your colours are rich and bold.

Purchase some strips of fringe in a colour that matches your dress. Use fabric glue to glue the strips of fringe along the top of your dress and along the hem. If you have enough fringe and enough time, you can glue more strips of fringe horizontally along the length of the dress.

Purchase a stretchy black headband and use fabric glue to attach a black or red feather to it. Wear the headband around your forehead and glue the feather so that it stands upright. For added sparkle, glue on bits of sequins around the headband.

Finish the costume by purchasing or reusing old accessories and shoes. Get a long strand of pearls or a feather boa to wear. Your shoes can be simple black heels. Consider rolling your hair or wearing a bobbed wig, putting on red lipstick and wearing black fishnet hose and a garter.

Things You'll Need

  • Sleeveless dress
  • Fabric glue
  • Fishnet pantyhose
  • Strips of fringe
  • Stretchy headband
  • Feather
  • Sequins
  • Black heels
  • Feather Boa
  • Bobbed wig
  • Long strand of pearls
  • Red lipstick
  • Garter
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Tobias Starr has been writing professionally since 2010. Her specialties include fashion/beauty articles, literary analysis pieces and the occasional commentary on cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in speech communication and a Master of Arts in secondary education, both from Morehead State University.