1920s Jazz Age Fashion

Martin Pel

1920s Jazz Age Fashion

Martin Pel

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

160 pages | 150 color plates | 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781910787281 Published February 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Few eras are so clearly associated with fashion as the Jazz Age. Clean, slim lines; elegance grounded in simplicity rather than ornament; and styles designed for the active lives of the men and women who wore them—nearly a century later, the styles of the era still thrill us.

This book, accompanying an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, both celebrates Jazz Age fashion and helps us understand its context. While presenting beautiful images of classic works by such designers as Chanel, Patou, Lucile, Lanvin, Vionnet, Hartnell, and Molynuex, worn by stars and stunners like Clara Bow and Louise Brooks, it also shows us how the era’s fashion developed. Martin Pel traces the effects of the end of World War I, the rise of America, rapid changes in the lives and expectations of women, and technological breakthroughs like the introduction of Rayon and zippers. All played a part in the creation of an aesthetic that couldn’t have been farther from the buttoned-down, bustled-up clothing of the preceding generation.

​A testament to an era that marked the birth of the modern, and whose influence is still felt today, Jazz Age Fashion is an unforgettable document of an unforgettable age.
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The Lady
"This exquisite book features the most lavish selection of fashions and images from the period, drawing on the holdings of museums and private collections around the world....Once you get over the fashion feast, you can read the eloquent essays on the cultural and social influences that shaped the Jazz age, ‘the world’s first youth movement’."
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