1920’s Jazz Age Exhibition at the FTM

1920’s Jazz Age Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum


While I was sad to hear I had missed a late night exhibit/gin session at the end of 2016 (!?) I was glad I caught the Jazz Age exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum before it ended in late January.


As suggested in the title, the exhibition displays an array of Parisian, British and American ready to wear and haute couture, including flapper and day dresses, capes and evening wear from 1919 to 1929. Illustrations by Gordon Conway and photographs by Abbe, Beaton, Man Ray, and Baron de Meyer highlight the role of photographs and magazines in promoting the 1920s look.


At the late night session we were treated to a fashion show by the Revival Retro BoutiqueI took great pleasure in seeing the elegant dresses, shoes and accessories presented by one of the founders Rowena Howie, as she wove titbits about each dress style in with some background on how the company was founded as a result of her love for swing dancing and desire to find pieces that moved exceptionally ‘on the floor’. I was straight onto the website when I got home, talking myself OUT of making immediate purchases in their January sale (only successful because my favourite – the Remix Lillie shoes modelled by Rowena, were not actually available in my size), phew!


Unfortunately I don’t have the name of the lovely dancing model but her burlesque and swing moves were impressive.


The Jazz age exhibit moves to the American Museum in Britain, in Bath later this year. A schedule of events at the FTM is available via this link.







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