LES GARÇONNES

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LES GARÇONNES

During the 1920s, fashion was radically transformed by the garçonne [boyish] look, which was controversial because it seemed to abolish the distinctions between men and women. Although widely fashionable, the style was often associated with lesbians. At cabarets like Le Monocle and Fétiche in Montmartre, “many ladies willingly dress in the style of gentlemen,” reported one magazine. “Short hair—not à la garçonne [in the style of the boyish girl], but really à la garcon [in the style of the female boy].”