My name is Riikka Pennanen and I’m a film researcher and a journalist based in Helsinki, Finland. From film, art and architecture to fashion, I’m endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I specialise in 1920s and 1930s film and wear fashions of the era on a regular basis; this is what 21st Century Flapper is essentially about.
I have an MA with distinction in Film Studies from the University of Westminster in London. I wrote my thesis on the evolution of Jean Harlow’s star image between the years 1930 and 1936. It presents a unique example of the construction of a star in the tumultuous atmosphere of the 1930s Hollywood film industry. Indeed, star culture and the representation of gender are amongst my greatest research interests. Upon my graduation and return to Finland, I’ve largely focused on researching and writing about Finnish film history and stardom. I’m currently planning my PhD studies.
Besides film and vintage fashion, I enjoy intersectional feminism, electronic music, dancing and dogs. Don’t hesitate to say hi or contact me at riikka @ 21stcenturyflapper.com in case of any questions.