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1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs


From 23rd September 2016 to 15th January 2017
Closed Now, Paid Entry (£9.90)


Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF


The 1920s JAZZ AGE exhibition presents a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929. Women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale. From Paris and London to New York and Hollywood, the decade following the Great War offered the modern woman a completely new style of dressing. With over 150 garments, this stunning selection of sportswear, printed day dresses, fringed flapper dresses, beaded evening wear, velvet capes, and silk pyjamas reveals the glamour, excess, frivolity and modernity of the decade. Colourful illustrations by Gordon Conway from the Illustrated London News Archive at Mary Evans and photographs by Abbe, Beaton, Man Ray, and Baron de Meyer highlight the role of magazines in promoting the 1920s look.

Upcoming Opening Times

Tue25 Oct 201611:0018:00
Wed26 Oct 201611:0018:00
Thu27 Oct 201611:0020:00
Fri28 Oct 201611:0018:00
Sat29 Oct 201611:0018:00
Sun30 Oct 201611:0017:00
Tue1 Nov 201611:0018:00
Wed2 Nov 201611:0018:00

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“Fantastic visit to the @FashionTextile museum this week to see the #jazzage exhibition, brilliant display of 1920's…
Twitter userMeg Raine – 21 hrs ago
“An American woman teaching the Charleston in 1925 London. Join the first-ever dance classes at the Museum this half-term, including tickets to #1920sJazzAge Fashion & Photographs exhibition @hotjazzdance

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The woman in the picture is said to be Bee Jackson who danced the Charleston at the Piccadilly Hotel cabaret, London in 1925. The vivacious dancer was described as the Charleston Queen and was one of the most prominent advocates of the dance in America and Europe. Born in Flushing, New York, Bee (Beatrice) Jackson grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. She danced through her early years with her favourite toy, a phonograph. ‘I danced because I loved it’ she said and simply worked out steps to her favourite tunes. At the age of fifteen, when her dancing madness was well known, she was asked to play the ingenue in an amateur production of The Earl and the Girl. On vacation in New York with her mother she got an audition for her first show and appeared in the Shubert Brother’s cabaret show The Midnight Rounders in the Century Roof (1921). This was followed by appearances in further Shubert shows before she joined the chorus of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. One of the principals was Gilda Gray and Bee was part of her chorus. When the show closed in the summer of 1923 and went on the road, Bee stayed in New York and went into Ziegfeld’s Summer show.
Following her engagement in Ziegfeld’s Follies, Bee claimed that she needed a new dance sensation to bring her to the attention of other stage managers. She saw the Charleston as her winning ticket and was taught the dance. She gave an audition to the booking agent Harry Bestry and he put her into a new show at the Silver Slipper night club followed by contracts to dance in Florida, Havana, London and Paris. Bee never claimed to have invented the dance merely to be one of the first to bring it to public attention.
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