VIP guests and local media had a rare opportunity to step back in time at the Galleria Dallas’ Decadence of the 1920s Exhibit’s Preview Party on Wednesday January 20. The exhibit opens on January 22 and will run through February 28, 2016.
Upon checking into the venue at the North End of Galleria Dallas, I was greeted immediately with a crowd of vintage fashion enthusiasts in their flapper dresses and classic penguin tuxedos. I found myself traveling back in time like Owen Wilson’s Gil Pender in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I swear I too spotted Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Salvador Dali accompanied by Man Ray. There they were, our ladies in their vintage hairdos and jewelry to match, meanwhile Artie Shaw’s Orchestra was playing Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine in the background. I was in a dream, enchanted beyond words.
The exhibit was curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the man I dubbed as the Vintage Couture Czar. Alas, I finally understand the word Martini. Straight up, stirred, not shaken with two olives. It is precise. Not too much, not too little. I secretly wish they would keep this exhibit on display forever! I agree with Lisa Petty at DFW Style Daily that the exhibit is of museum quality.
Chuck Steelman, Regional Director of The Fashion Group International of Dallas commented “… a must see for students pursuing a career in fashion.” This is a rare glimpse of best of the best period pieces, and of course, my face blushed when I saw that Lucien LeLong purple satin gown standing there just 3 steps away from me. The dress is breathtaking itself as a masterpiece. It is like a Gustav Klimt except the woman is not in gold but rather in a Lucien Lelong. The last time I felt this way, I was at The Fashion Group International of Dallas’ Night of Stars and 3 steps away from an Alexander McQueen couture piece that was owned by the late Shelly Musselman, co-founder of Forty Five Ten boutique. My eyes welled up in tears, the impact was from the emotions of how lucky I am in that moment. Me!
I am going back again to visit Decadence of the 1920s, I want more. Time travel is real, it is happening and you can relive the time when martini is the drink of life through this exhibit. 1920s, Jean Harlow with her platinum locks and the yellow mobile will take you as far as you want to go back in time.
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