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Let’s Face the Music and Dance: 1930s Fashion and Design

5 February, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Antiques & Design welcomes back writer, lecturer and social historian Jane Wilson to continue where she left off in her 2020 lecture focusing on 1920s’ fashion. Now she takes us into the decade of the 1930s, with its political upheaval and instability, Art Deco style and Hollywood evening gowns. Fashion discovers the bias-cut. The sack-like silhouette of the ’20s, free from curves, evolves into fashion that hugs them and rediscovers the waistline. Hems drop, wide collar belted coats emerge, while casual clothing celebrates sport and ease with skirt-like shorts and wide-leg beach pajamas.

Step into the next decade of the 20th century, leaving the flappers behind. Discover, against the tumultuous background of their time, style icons like Schiaparelli and Wallis Simpson. Join us to learn how fashion defined the era’s enigmatic personalities, players, designers and debutantes in this Zoom lecture.


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