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THE KISS OF THE LIMBS: Each night, in his sleep, these silhouettes emerge from the bottom of the limbs. Her, him, a kiss... The skirt for man, a story of redemption... Gabrielle Lys. October 2007.
THE KISS OF THE LIMBS:
Each night, in his sleep, these silhouettes emerge from the bottom of the limbs. Her, him, a kiss... The skirt for man, a story of redemption...
Gabrielle Lys. October 2007.


The artist: When we are cheating for the beautiful, we are artist. [Max Jacob] He wears a black shirt Levis on a silk dress color salmon, leggings with boots of Gabrielle Lys. July 2007.
The artist:
"When we are cheating for the beautiful, we are artist."
[Max Jacob]

He wears a black shirt Levis on a silk dress color salmon, leggings with boots of
Gabrielle Lys. July 2007.


GIRL OR BOY ?: Leather perfecto with broad cap. Dress and boots out of leather. Gabrielle Lys. May 24th, 2009.
GIRL OR BOY ?:
Leather perfecto with broad cap. Dress and boots out of leather.
Gabrielle Lys. May 24th, 2009.


ANGEL IN THE SKY : I've tried so hard To tell myself that you're gone And though your still with me I've been alone all along. [MY IMMORTAL - Evanescence]  Crepe blouse with sleeves. Matching skirt with chiffon layers. Gabrielle Lys. May 29, 2010.
ANGEL IN THE SKY :
"I've tried so hard
To tell myself that you're gone
And though your still with me
I've been alone all along".
[MY IMMORTAL - Evanescence]

Crepe blouse with sleeves. Matching skirt with chiffon layers.
Gabrielle Lys. May 29, 2010.



The garçonnes or the first women in trousers.

Introduction

dot  Less than one hundred years before the movement of the men out of Skirts, there were the women in trousers.... This article pays homage to these women pionnières who had courage to face the homophobie, with the mockeries, with the disapproval of the society during the decade 1920-1930 while carrying the trousers. By adopting the dress of the men, they were the precursors of the movement of emancipation and liberalization of the women.

Poses calculated or urgent seized by the photographer ? the garonne with the car.
Poses calculated or urgent seized by the photographer ?
"the garonne with the car".

La garçonne.
dot  Symbol of the Mad years, the garçonne, with her cut hair, her shortened dresses, her tubular look is a figure of androgyne mode which hesitates between masculine and invention of a new femininity. She incarne, in ambiguous manner, the emancipation of the women. The adversaries with this emancipation did not fail to compare the garçonnes to the lesbians, thus using the homophobie against the women. Thus, since 1889, we estimate that we almost always can suspect a homosexuality among women who carry the short hair or which gets dressed like men or who practise the sports of the men. The sign of the sex by clothing is indeed at that time a fundamental cultural feature. It assigns each sex in its place in all the manifestations of the social life. However, in this century marked by the male domination, to adopt the dress of the men is a gesture of stamping. Women face to the sarcastic remarks become models for the women witch like freedom: Rosa Happiness, George Sand, exploring Jane Dieulafoy or the writter Rachilde wear the male dress.

Short cut and squared said precisely to the garonne Louise Brooks.
Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garonne"
Louise Brooks.

dot  In 1920, the short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne" holds the top of the paving stone while the movie inaugurates the legendary career of star like Louise Brooks. The opponents of the emancipation of the women make run the rumour that the short cuts cause baldnesses, or, on the contrary, activate the pilosity of the face... But a new femininity is invented : The released neck and the nape of the neck emphasize outer earrings. On the stripped arms scintillate of many rigid bracelets, tightened "with the slave" while the movement of the body is underlined by many jewels imagination and pins...

New femininity:  the released nape of the neck emphasizes large collars. Louise Brooks
New femininity: the released nape of the neck emphasizes large collars.
Louise Brooks

The arrival of the trousers

dot  The appearance of the trousers In 1924, the Skirts are "short": on average to 26 cm of the ground. In 1925, they are to 30 or 35 cm of the ground. In 1926, they are to 40 cm then lengthen gradually until 1930 when they will be stabilized to 30 or 32 cm of the ground. But with the garçonne, male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom. It is not a question of vestimentary eccentricity but falls under a progress of feminism. The equality of the sexes seems initially like a negation of femininity and a will to imitate the men. The trousers, symbol of virility appears at the end of the Twenties in female wardrobe even they are already used since 1920 for horsemanship, hunting or golf. They also exist in the form of silk pyjamas to replace the housecoat since 1924. With the variation of the changes, the countryside will remain a long time faithful to its vestimentary traditions and its regional costumes. Thus, a long time, some priests will refuse the communion with the girls in trousers. The public school will hardly be shown more tolerant by prohibiting the trousers until the end of the Sixties, except during the winter rigours, provided that it is carried under the Skirt. In 1930, the women's right to get dressed as a man is even discussed in front of the courts. Thus, Violette Morris, catch of the sporting female Federation of France carries felt sorry for because its federation withdrew her licence because of her behaviour considered to be too male. To 37 years, she increases very short cut hair, the trousers and jacket with tie. she will be even marked by the rumour to have to remove her too prominent chest to drive its car... The court will declare that "to carry trousers not allowed for women, the sporting female federation of France had perfectly the right to prohibit it"...

The actress Charlotte Andler in 1929. Jacket, trousers, shirt, bow tie, gloves. Male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom.
The actress Charlotte Andler in 1929.
Jacket, trousers, shirt, bow tie, gloves.
Male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom.

dot  Nevertheless, these courageous women will triumph over the aesthetic divergences, morals and policies to enter manners and to thus open the way of the modern woman such as we know it today.
Gabrielle Lys
Bibliography:
"Les Garçonnes. Modes et fantasmes des années folles".
Christine Bard, Paris, Flammarion, 1998.


Short cut and squared said precisely to the garonne Louise Brooks.
Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garonne"
Louise Brooks.


The site is a success thanks to you all. Thank you for your expressions of sympathy in the golden book and ideological support of members. Thank you also with those which write personal messages to me. They suit me right to the heart and push me to advance always further.
Gabrielle Lys

IN RED AND BLACK: Wounded by the cold of winters, My eyes do not want to play any more. In red and black, I will exile my fear. In red and black, I will show my heart! [In red and black - Jeanne Mas].  To exile his fear, the man out of skirt wears thigh boots, a mini skirt out of leather, a sweat and leggings matched to his red mittens and a black scarf to his hair. Gabrielle Lys. October 2007.
IN RED AND BLACK:
Wounded by the cold of winters,
My eyes do not want to play any more.
In red and black,
I will exile my fear.
In red and black,
I will show my heart!
[In red and black - Jeanne Mas].

To exile his fear, the man out of skirt wears thigh boots, a mini skirt out of leather, a sweat and leggings matched to his red mittens and a black scarf to his hair.
Gabrielle Lys. October 2007.


The manga: He knows that he gives to the others the appearance of an animated manga. But he projects human being towards the perfect one, the godlike beauty... and he meets God at each crossroads.... From now on, he fixes the horizon at far with determination. His life is a heaventy search. Gabrielle Lys. November 2006.
The manga:
He knows that he gives to the others the appearance of an animated manga. But he projects human being towards the perfect one, the godlike beauty... and he meets God at each crossroads.... From now on, he fixes the horizon at far with determination. His life is a heaventy search.
Gabrielle Lys. November 2006.


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Pauline
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Mais le symbole plus emblématique de la mode à la garçonne est la coupe de cheveux. Incarnée au cinéma par l’actrice Louise Brook, la coupe courte devient célèbre et est porté par toutes les femmes. Symbole d'émancipation, la coupe courte séduit et s'impose. En 1925, une femme sur trois aurait fait couper ses cheveux. Mais déjà en 1903, Colette arborait la coiffure courte. En mai 1917 Paul Morand écrit : « depuis 3 jours, c’est la mode de porter les cheveux courts. Toutes, elle suivent le mouvement, mené par Mme Letellier et Channel…». Les cheveux sont donc coiffés suivant la mode masculine, sous un chapeau cloche, à haute caloque cylindrique et dont les bords étroits tombent juste au dessus des sourcils. Les frères Antoine et René Rambaud devienne maitre dans l’art de cette coiffure qui fut renommer la coupe à la garçonne.
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Patrick Lefetz
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Je porte les jupes Hyatus depuis 3 ans, pour le sport et la ville.
Autour dr moi, les femmes y sont favorables et certains hommes sont prés à oser le port de la jupe

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Jean - Lyon - France - - added 08/02/2016.
Bravo pour ce magnifique site
Dommage que les articles sur la jupe se fassent rares.
Je me suis mis à porter la jupe de temps en temps depuis un an. Au début difficile de s'aventurer en ville tant la crainte des regards est grande. Mais en fait, cela passe assez bien. Cependant, j'ai l'impression d'être bien seul et j'aimerais bien que d'autres osent et que ce vêtement puisse ainsi être porté plus facilement.
Je précise que je suis un jeune senior et c'est par plaisir que je porte la jupe. Liberté de mouvement, originalité, confort.
Espérant que tout cela évolue vite...


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