Friday, May 14, 2010
Mafia and Gangsters
pictures taken from google images.
During the 1920s, being a gangster was considered cool and the "it" factor. The lifestyle brought money, clothes, women, fame, cars, and a home. Fashionable suits and accessories were important to wear and a key asset to a gangster lifestyle. The best dressed gangster of the 1920s was Al Capone. A typical style for gangsters were described as:"The star wore a sumptuous blue suit, accented by a white silk hankie, pearl gray spats and diamond studded platinum watch chain."
Other famous names of gangsters included "Scarface" Capone, "Lucky" Luciano, "Bugs" Moran (AKA Jack "Legs" Diamond), and "Dutch" Schultz. Every gangster had a nickname and is the creation of mass media. With prohibition in 1919, the gangster lifestyle changed and they could no longer make senseless beatings to get money from other people. Also, they integrated to Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Gangsters are a significant part of the 1920s for their fashion, nicknames, and a point in history that influenced our generation.
sources taken from: http://www.1920s-fashion-and-music.com/1920s-gangsters.html