After being patented in the United States, the first American plant began production of this new fabric in 1910; this fiber became known as rayon.
Rayon stockings became popular in the decade as a substitute for silk stockings. Many garments before the 1920s were fastened with buttons and lacing, however, during this decade, the development of metal hooks and eyes meant that there were easier means of fastening clothing shut.
Women were entering the workforce in record numbers.
The nationwide prohibition on alcohol was ignored by many.
The 1920s is the decade in which fashion entered the modern era.
It was the decade in which women first abandoned the more restricting fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes (such as short skirts or trousers).
Women "bobbed", or cut, their hair short to fit under the popular hats, a radical move in the beginning, but standard by the end of the decade.
Social customs and morals were relaxed in the optimism brought on by the end of the war and the booming of the stock market.
The average person's fashion sense became more sophisticated.