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.
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.
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible by the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation with additional support provided by The Ruddock Family Trust.