Free* | Tales of Jazz Age Fashion

Friday 14 October / 11.30am



When F Scott Fitzgerald’s book Tales of the Jazz Age was first published in 1922, a new generation found its voice. Join Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of 1920s Jazz Age Fashion, to discuss the changing silhouette of women’s clothing from 1919 to 1929.

Women’s fashion became a bellwether of the social and cultural changes during the 1920s. The dizzying array of choices during the decade, and not just the tubular drop-waist dress immediately associated with the era, allowed the modern woman to express herself. Yet by 1929, the economic depression rapidly translated into more sombre clothing. The provocative, loose and joyous dresses of the Jazz Age were superseded by temperance; skirts became longer, boyish crops were left to grow out, and designers began to emphasise the female waistline and straight shoulders.

This talk is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the exhibition and the rich vocabulary of 1920s fashion, as well as its dramatic expression through the consumer culture of the period.

Dennis Nothdruft is Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum and the Jazz Age exhibition. He is a contributor to the book which accompanies the exhibition Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs (Unicorn 2016), with Martin Pel and Terence Pepper, available from the Museum shop.

*Free talk with exhibition entry

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Exhibition tickets: £9.90 adults* / £7.70 concessions* / £6 students
*Includes 10% gift aid

Images Courtesy Private Collection / ©James Abbe Archive.
Image left: Norma Talmadge, 1922 by James Abbe. Seen here in a publicity-portrait for the Frank Lloyd directed costume film The Eternal Flame, Talmadge (1893-1957) was the eldest of three Brooklyn sisters driven to screen stardom by a determined mother. She later married the producer Joseph Schenck and had her own New York film studio.
Image right: Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922. Cover design by John Held.

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