Common Threads: Dress, Identity and Art in the Twentieth Century
March 31-June 15, 2001
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art


In the decade following the Great War there was a dramatic shift away from the values of previous generations. The new decade would be a period that stressed youth and the exciting new vistas of the Jazz Age. Women also entered the workplace in increasing numbers. Fashion was informed by the eclectic character of Art Deco aesthetics, combining elements of Chinoiserie, abstraction and machine age modernism. Experimentation with hemlines, draping and seaming as well as sumptuous surface embellishment continue the extension of a new vocabulary of dress.

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