Exhibition – Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920’s

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883-1971). Dress, 1925, crystal beads on lace, silk ribbon. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gifts of Mrs. Wesson Seyburn. Photographs by Ken Howie.

“The 1920s have become synonymous with flappers and freedom, bobbed hair
and Black Friday, speakeasies and shorter hemlines. Modern Spirit: 1920s
Fashion and Design, the next fashion exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum,
presents a unique look beyond those familiar images, as it captures the
modern spirit of the decade’s livable fashion, the evolution of clothing
and accessories as an expression of freedom, intellectualism, sexuality
and athleticism in this decade that marked the beginning of the modern
age. Beginning September 22, 2012 through February 10, 2013 in the
Ellman Fashion Gallery, Modern Spirit: 1920s Fashion and Design presents
more than 40 ensembles by designers such as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and
Madeliene Vionnet, and a flood of accessories capturing the freedom,
creativity and expression of this colorful and vibrant decade.”


Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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