Debbie Sessions at Vintage Dancer in 1920’s Plus Size Fashion in the Jazz Age offers a quick rundown of the birth of the term plus size in the midst of the jazz age.
Vogue weighed in on the matter at the time with, “surely the makers of the mode do not expect all women whose waist-lines measure more than 34 inches to retired to one of those communities where the genial garment known as the Mother Hubbard is the last word in dress.”
For many years, they more or less did.
Enid Stamp Taylor, 1924, Actress and Plus Size Flapper
Beth Ditto in Flapper Mode