The museum is so excited to welcome well-known clothing collectors Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers back to the Langley Centennial Museum, returning to us for the first time since 2010’s “Plastic Fantastic,” the 1960’s clothing show.
The Art Deco movement had a profound influence on the world of fashion in the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco is an abbreviation of the title of an exhibition produced in Paris in 1925, “L’Exposition des Arts Decoratif.” This was the first major display of examples of applied art styles reflecting the trend for modernism, cubism, and simplicity.
In the world of fashion, the Art Deco movement reduced the body to its simplest geometric form, a column, or when represented in two dimensions, a flat rectangle. Prior to the First World War (1914-1918), fashionable women presented themselves as a series of ornate curves dressed in complex, tailored garments and often heavily corseted. After the brutality and disillusionment of the war, practicality, simplicity, and even austerity became the norm, even the ideal. Figures exaggerated with corsets and padding were replaced by figures hidden under loose-fitting, sack-like garments in the chemise style in the 1920s. In the 1930s the natural figure re-emerged, but in fashions that echoed the repeated geometry of the Art Deco style.
Through the 1920s, dresses gradually became less loose and hemlines rose. The legs became more visible. Although the figure was still virtually invisible, the exposure of the legs added a provocative element to clothing that was otherwise asexual.
The pieces chosen will reflect the social and political changes that happened during this period, including how fashion changed post-war during the relatively prosperous 1920s, and then again in the days of the Depression. Items presented will contrast what was happening on the world’s fashion scenes in Paris and Berlin with what would have been worn on the streets of Langley Prairie.
All are welcome to an opening reception at the museum on Saturday, May 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
For more information, please contact the Langley Centennial Museum.
ALSO…there will be two Vintage Fashion Shows held on Sunday, June 1, which will provide Mr. Sayers with the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge about the fashions of the day to a captivated audience. His wit and humour - coupled with the history of the fashions and the people who wore them – makes the experience unforgettable. Enjoy a matinee at 2pm, or an evening show at 7pm. Each performance will last about an hour and a half, and include a brief intermission.
Tickets are $20. Call 604.532.3536.
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