For example, the Fall/Winter 2008 collection is heavily influenced by the flapper look of the roaring 1920s, while the Spring/Summer 2006 Collection is more Three's Company meets the water.
This was important because during the 1920's, large numbers of women abandoned the confining corsets; thus was born the flapper, who scandalized the previously staid fashion scene with her short skirts, bobbed hair and decadent lifestyle.
Again, the changes were not drastic in and of themselves - they certainly could not compare with the outlandish flapper dresses that women sported - but they were certainly easy to distinguish from previous years' styles.
In vintage we have full- and half-slips, flapper bras, deadstock panties, garters, girdles, bras, vintage deadstock hosiery, cami-knickers, nightgowns, peignoir, dressing gowns and accessories.
The difference might be in evening headgear, when a flapper would accessorize her very, very short hair with a spangly headband or exotic feathers - something very attention-getting.
The idea of the flapper with skirts above the knee and stockings rolled down was really only part of the popular culture from 1926 to 1928 - stocking tops were mostly always hidden.
This leveling of society might not have been appreciated by those on the top, but even women who were not strictly flappers thought well of aspects of women's flapper fashions.
The flapper look consisted of a loose, shapeless shift dress that skimmed the body and ended at the knees - or, for the especially daring, slightly above the knees.
It had only recently become acceptable for women to smoke - and many people still didn't like to see it - and a flapper not only smoked, but looked great doing it.
Popular etymology has given the word its present form, as if it meant "wing-flapper," from "lap," a fold or flap of a garment.