I wish I could attend everything I get invited to. Last week, the Phoenix Art Museum sent me an invitation to the opening reception for Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s
. The show presents over 40 ensembles from the flapper era, including designers like of Chanel and Vionnet.
The 1920s are so interesting because of the social change that was occurring: ridged undergarments disappeared, women started to cut their hair short and wear makeup, and traditional gender ideologies shifted. Most notably, women gained the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment. This freedom opened up new opportunities for American women: the ability to participate in sports, pursue academic studies, and to express their sexuality through new fashions. And of course, who doesn’t like hearing stories about speakeasies?
It’s tragic that I can’t be there. If you’re in Phoenix, be sure to visit the exhibit..
Left to right: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883-1971). Dress, 1925, crystal beads on lace, silk ribbon. Evening Dress and Slip, 1928, metal sequins on silk tulle. Dress, 1925, crystal beads on silk chiffon. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gifts of Mrs. Wesson Seyburn. Photographs by Ken Howie. Image courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum.