I was sad to have missed the Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. You can therefore imagine my delight when I found out that part of the exhibition was coming to the city of Bath! A city in the South West of England, Bath is an easy 90 minute drive from us.
I last went to the American Museum in Bath a couple of years ago for the wonderful Hatched, Matched, Dispatched and Patched exhibition, and was thrilled to be making a return to this superb museum. The museum is closed over the winter, and launched its reopening and the Jazz Age exhibition with a special 1920s day. Visitors were encourage to dress up in order to receive free admission for the day - my husband and I needed little convincing!
The Jazz Age exhibition is housed in a separate building from the main house. As well as sumptuous garments, there was an excellent photography exhibition by James Abbe. The room that held the photographs wasn't allowed to be photographed for copyright reasons, but I can share a few snaps of the beautiful costumes. Not too many, because if you live fairly close to Bath then I want to encourage you to go and see the exhibition for yourself!
As well as the exhibition, the launch day had a few nice touches such as Model T cars, Charleston workshops, face-painting, and a pop-up millinery shop by Daisy Darling.
Even without this new exhibition and the special activities put on for the launch, there is so much to see in the house itself. There are three floors of American decorative art, period rooms and modern art exhibitions. We needed a sit down before we tackled it, so headed to the cafe for a nice coffee to give us the energy. I think I mentioned after my last visit that the cafe is particularly good in offering some healthy options alongside the usual cakes and sandwiches - there's always homemade soup and a salad of the day. I had a small Greek salad to top up my energy levels, it was most welcome. The gift shops are also really good, offering some fantastic books, sewing supplies, gifts and more. We came away with a print by a 1920s artist, it will fit well with our existing artwork.
As for our outfits, I was much more pleased with this 1920s outfit than my last 1920s' casual flapper attempt. I cobbled it together the night before, but paid particular attention to practicing a hair style so that it would look more in keeping than loose locks. You can't really see the hairstyle in these photos as it's covered by my hat, so I'll have to do it again some day and photograph it properly..
Heeled Oxfords: Topshop, via charity shop
Trousers: La Redoute
Bag: Charity shop
Necklace: Chronically Vintage on Etsy (no longer open)
Kimono: Un Style Retro, Facebook shop
Gloves: Vintage, thrifted
Faux fur collar: Off a cardigan
Black coat: Vintage C&A, from my sister.
The Jazz Age exhibition runs until 29th October 2017, so you have plenty of time to get too see it. If you're too far away then I hope I've brought a little of the exhibition to you! Here's a little video to finish where I was pretending to be a mannequin...
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