fay lanphier

After a determined attempt in the early 1920′s by designers to discard the need for a bust at all, the continued appearance of breasts on women necessitated bringing back the brassiere and dress designs for a more shapely figure. This image of actress Fay Lanphier from the 1926 film “The American Venus” [ which also stars Louise Brooks ] – shows off what was considered by then to be the ‘ideal female silhouette’.