Pictured are cousins, Frances Kolb (Timm) and Irene Matzen (Converse) wearing their new pleated dresses made by Frances’ mother, Bertha. Pleats were the fashion of the day and were the one style that lasted the duration of the 1920s. Early skirts incorporated accordion, knife pleats on the sides, or box pleats around the entire skirt. After 1924 sleeveless camisole tops were attached to the skirts which made the skirts hang straight around the hips, no waistband needed. Sweaters or blouses were worn over the camisoles. School girls wore pleated skirts and women athletes copied the style. Sporty skirts were also being made of a new popular knit instead of wool fabric. Skirt lengths were shortened to just below the knee. Tiered skirts with horizontal layers came in vogue by the end of the 1920s.
For more information on other items from Ashland’s history, visit the Ashland History Museum at 205 North 15th Street, Ashland. The museum is open on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.