The Decadence of The Roaring Twenties at Galleria Dallas will open on January 22nd and run through February 28, 2016. This exhibit will roll back the clock and let shoppers and fashionionistas alike experience decadent high-fashion from the past. The 1920s is also known as the Jazz Age. The period was epitomized by the lavish lifestyles of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. This era was marked by post WWI economic prosperity with global citizen’s new found freedom as the result of modern inventions like the Model T Automobile and the Jukebox. Women earned their voting rights. Citizens travelled and moved to urban cities for opportunities. Clara Bow’s shopgirl was the famous “It” Girl.
With the last season of PBS’s popular series Downton Abbey, fashionable viewers have a renewed fascination with the fashion of the 1920s. That’s the time period when famed costume designers like Travis Banton and Max Rée were dressing Hollywood stars Carole Lombard, Mae West and Greta Garbo. In Paris, couturiers such as Lucien LeLong was creating sumptuous dresses for his customers assisted by his
designers Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and later Hubert de Givenchy. In celebration of that period, Galleria Dallas will host Decadence: Fashions from the 1920's, a fashion exhibit celebrating the elegance of The Jazz Age in a special display curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the Vintage Couture Czar, in my opinion. I have been to Ken’s store, where you would find the best Vintage pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel to Halston awaiting for their collectors.
The exhibit will feature pieces from the Susan Denn and Robert Schmidt Collection and The Texas Fashion Collection of UNT College of Visual Arts & Design, such exhibit presented by Galleria Dallas is timely given the resurgence of the 1920s-inspired silhouettes on the runways from design houses Gucci, Maison Valentino and Prada. Decadence will also feature rare pieces from French, Spanish and Italian couturiers including Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny, Maria Monaco Gallenga, and none other but Lucien LeLong.