Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Design in context

1920 - Character Creation (Part 1)

2nd project this week. Creating a character from the 1920. 

Defining events of the 1920s 

The Volstead Act (Banning of all alcoholic substances) 1920-1933
Rise of organized crime syndicates. Capone (Italian) and 'Bugs' Moran (Irish)
Saint Valentines day massacre (1929)
The Jazz era 
The re-emergence of KKK (1920)
America became the wealthiest country in the world. Hire Purchase agreements, encouraged consumers to spend. Boosting the economy, however, forcing it too collapse and fall into depressing due to lack of repayments during the 1930s 
The wall street crash (1929)

Style of the 1920s 

'Most men who retained facial hair during the 1920s and 1930s limited themselves to a moustache or a goatee'

 Men typically wore suits, an era of money, may as well look sharp.

Still from the film 'The Untouchables'

The Volstead act allowed Notorious Gangster 'Al Capone' rose to prominence during the 1920s, by bootlegging alcohol, smuggling and prostitution.    

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