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The 10s, 20s, 30s:
Inventive Clothes

Start Date December 1973
End Date September 1974
Venue Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location New York, USA
Curator Stella Blum
Special Consultant Diana Vreeland

The twentieth century came in fresh as paint and by 1909 had started to roll. Total change took place ­traditions evaporated and Paris became the artistic and social center of the Western world. Paris was dance mad. The carpets in my parents’ apartment were never down. Victrolas blared and the Castles amused themselves doing the turkey trot. Everyone was gay, elegant and totally tuned into the new cen­tury. The world was intoxicated with its new art, new music, new way of life and new clothes. No dresses had ever been cut anything like those of Poiret, Vion­net, Callot, Chanel and Schiaparelli. This collection reveals the unique changes that took place in the world of fashion from 1909 to 1939.

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Images courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art