1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs
23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
An exploration of fashion and social change in the 1920s.
Just as the social and political fabric shifted in the aftermath of the first world war, so too did fashion. In cities like Paris, London and New York fashion houses abandoned the corset in favour of drop-waisted dresses, beaded hemlines and longer, more natural silhouettes.
The exhibition illustrates these changes not only with ubiquitous flapper fashion, but also with sportswear, day dresses and pyjamas. Alongside the exhibition of haute couture gowns and ready-to-wear day dresses, wall displays and cases reflect on key details and developments in fashion. A selection of photographs by James Abbe charts these fashions in celebrity culture, showing Gilda Gray, the Dolly Sisters and Fred and Adele Astaire.
With over 150 garments and accessories from a major private collection, this selection of fringed flapper dresses, beaded evening wear, velvet capes and kimonos the excesses of the decade.
The crystal gown worn by Carey Mulligan as Daisy in the recent Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2013), offers an insight into the ways in which 1920s fashion is interpreted and represented in contemporary culture.