The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)
Musée Galliera


A thrilling touch of movement and speed, dancing and sport, The Roaring Twenties revisits a legendary period in fashion's history. Women adopted clothing styles that liberated their activities and challenged conventions such as the sweater, the knit suit, pyjamas and new tailoring trends such as low waistlines on straight dresses.

Some 170 models and 130 accessories – mainly from the Galliera collection – and fifty perfumes and cosmetic products are contextualized with sound recordings, photographs and newsreels as well as a recreated dance hall and stand in the Pavillon de l'Elégance at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Flawlessly designed lamé, metal lacework and fringes, satin and muslin embroidered with pearls, feathers and braiding as well as design influences from Japan, Africa and Russia adorn the exquisite pieces by the Callot sisters, Chanel, Heim, Jenny, Patou, Poiret, Talbot, Worth and Lanvin.

Before the more weighted concerns of the coming World Wars, this time in history is cherished for its lightness and ease, and for the dress that allowed women a dash of wild dancing.


20 October 2007 – 29 February 2008
10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75116 Paris
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