"Modern Spirit" at Phoenix Art Museum Showcases Iconic Styles
Phoenix Art Museum's Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s, is a condensed yet fascinating look a period of age of jazz, flappers, and art deco.
Photo from KTAR.com Display of styles at "Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s" at Phoenix Art Museum
Many of the styles seen in the exhibition are making a big comeback today, specifically the pleated skirt and the midi length hemlines. If you've been "eyeing" the fashion sense of the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) you'll appreciate the style of skirts and dresses in this exhibit.
Modern Spirit's curator Dennita Sewell agrees that these styles are in vogue once again. "There is an underlying interest in the 1920s. Baz Lurhman has been working on a new version of The Great Gatsby which will come out next year. When season 3 of Downton Abbey premiers this winter it will pick up its story in the post WW1 era with styles similar to those shown in the exhibition. On the runway, Gucci just celebrated the company's anniversary with a collection inspired by their early archives."
About 40 ensembles and accessories by designers including Gabrielle Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet and Jean Patou fill the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, which comes complete with its own soundtrack created by Colin Columna. You can find your new favorite tune from the era -- the soundtrack is listed on the wall text.
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"The 1920s was so much about the exuberance of the dance and music, I felt it was important to include that element in the exhibition," says Sewell. "I believe it is important to look at the clothes in the context of other elements in the culture and not in isolation."