may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean "teenage girl referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail "flapped" on her back; 2 or from an older word meaning "prostitute". 11, 2009 fashion IS everywhere by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy A "year of fashion" at the International Center of Photography. 12, 2005 THE tease continues by Charlie Finch The last pictures of Diane Arbus. 30 Image of youth edit The flapper stands as one of the most enduring images of youth and new women in the twentieth century, and is viewed by modern-day Americans as something of a cultural heroine. No longer would a woman have to be a homemaker. Those rules included that the dress should not have a pattern, it should be bought from a specific store, it must be worn in either black, blue or brown, its sleeves must not be shortened above the. 3, the slang word "flap" was used for a young prostitute as early as 1631.