The Ebell Club of Los Angeles, founded in 1894 and still going strong, was part of a network of women’s institutions devoted to women’s education and philanthropy. As we can see in this photo, the members were mainly the well off who had the time and money for such pursuits. These days, the club draws on the broad ethnic mix of Los Angeles and has recently had an African American president. In 1927, however, it was an all-white institution.
This group photo offers even more evidence, if more be needed, that the drop-waisted dress style of the 1920s was not kind to the older, rounder figure. Isn’t it interesting how much fur there is—by my count seven out of fifteen women are wearing fur collars or stoles. I love the varieties of cloche (or bell shaped) hats, some with brims and some without. There are even a few broad brimmed hats that perhaps date back to an earlier era. And look at the shoes! Although some have on slip on or lace-up oxfords, most sport footwear with lots of interesting straps.
And lest you think that all old ladies in the past dressed alike, take a close look at the woman on the far right. Her amazing hat pin, fanciful buttons, two-toned gloves, and incredible shoes make her a prime candidate for “Advanced Style,” 1927 edition. Unfortunately, the new version of WordPress does not have a “click to enlarge” feature, but you can follow the link below the image to see her outfit in detail.