An article in the London Telegraph in February 2009 quotes a designer and author named Stephen Bayley who says: "In times of plenty, there's a contrarian chic to having an austere shape. Equally, in times of want, there is an opposing taste for a voluptuous one. What the female body illuminates is that ever-present conflict between acceptance of the real and pursuit of the ideal."
Is that true?
Well, in the 1920s, the U.S. economy experienced a post–World War I boom of new wealth and consumer goods. Actress Greta Garbo was popular and beloved for her rain-thin "flapper" physique. Flappers were a generation of women who got jobs, stayed out late, drank and smoked, wore fashionable clothes and short hairstyles and prized skinniness.