Sunday, 26 March 2017

Jazz Age Exhibition at the American Museum in Britain

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!

Jazz age american museum

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!

jazz age exhibition

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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.

Jazz age american museum

Jazz age american museum

Jazz age american museum

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..

Jazz age american museum

Jazz age american museum

Jazz age american museum
Heeled Oxfords: Topshop, via charity shop
Trousers: La Redoute
Bag: Charity shop
Hat: Accessorize
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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26 comments:

  1. You both look amazing! I adore that your husband likes to dress up as much as you do. Did people stop you to get your photo?

    This exhibit makes me want to get on a plane.

    Thanks so much for sharing for those of us that live so far away.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. One woman asked us where we rented our costumes...!! And then looked flabbergasted when we told her we just cobbled together our outfits from our wardrobes. She did indeed then ask to take our photo!!

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  2. What a fascinating exhibition and fabulous array of outfits. You are certainly not looking out of place as a mannequin. Your husband is quite looking the part as well! Love both your outfits! xxx

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    1. Thank you, we had a lot of fun dressing the part. I have to say though that we were outshone by an elderly lady in pink, who looked AMAZING!!

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  3. I love the idea of dressing up for free entry! What a great way to validate dressing up - I imagine it would take away those feelings of knowing everyone is looking at you thinking 'what did she come as?'!! This exhibition looks fab. I'm not going to be getting over to Bath any time soon but at least I can see your pics :) xx

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    1. There were a few others dressed up, I think it did encourage people (entry's £12 normally, so it's not to be sniffed at, getting it for free!). The kids were the funniest though, proper little flappers running around the place! xx

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  4. Thank you! I'm planning a trip to Bath and didn't knew about this exhibition :)

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    1. Oo, well let me know if you need any more tips - Bath has some wonderful things to visit.

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  5. That looks ace. *Such* great prints on those clothes. Do you ever look at fabrics like that and think, "Damn, I wish they still made cloth like that?" You and your husband make great Bright Young Things.

    I've never made it to the American Museum as it's not actually in town, and it's a faff to get to - I need to talk the Mr into driving me over for it.

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    1. The fabrics were divine - not being behind glass you could have a good peer at them close-up! I do indeed wish they made fabrics like those.

      The museum is actually really easy to get to by bus. The museum runs a *free* shuttle bus from Bath city centre, or you could hop on one of the buses that goes to the university (other side of the road, left hand side as you come out of Bath train station). Definitely worth a visit!

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    2. The shuttle bus is new since I went there last and what a great idea. I caught the university bus and walked to the museum which was fine for me as I walk everywhere anyway, but it would be too much of a trek for many.

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  6. I don't know about letting you in for free, with both of you looking that fabulous I reckon they should have paid you!
    What stunning exhibits, I'd happily stuff my wardrobe with some of those clothes. I'd love to visit. xxx

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    1. The condition of them was immaculate too, the colours were so vivid and not a stitch undone. I would honestly wear pretty much everything in that exhibition! xx

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  7. Wow such gorgeous outfits to look at and admire! I love what you and your husband wore! Awesome cars too! xo

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    1. Thank you Camilla! The cars were wonderful (I would have liked a test drive!) X

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  8. WOW!!! You and your husband look absolutely bloody BRILLIANT! I love that hat, got to love when high street do such nice cloches, it really makes my heart sing. Those are some seriously beautiful cars too - and how perfectly the two of you coordinate with each of the cars, not to mention how lovely all of those gorgeous daffodils are in the background. BEAUTIFUL! Of course there's not an outfit in the displays that I don't absolutely adore...how nice it would be to wake up to one of each in my wardrobe. Those beach pajamas...those pastel dresses and geometric coats...*sigh*! Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us!

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    1. Thank you, you're too kind! I spent ages looking at each display, noting colours and details, so that I can perhaps attempt to copy them in future looks. There were some absolutely killer items! Xx

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  9. You're both awesome in your outfits! I love, love your hat and would love to see your hairstyle too. Looks like a great time. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I will do the hairstyle again and photograph it. It worked well under the hat. X

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  10. Every one of those outfits are beautiful. You look lovely wearing those outfits. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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  11. You look fabulous! Very reminiscent of a certain 1920s lady detective, and your hubby looks like a very able sidekick. I love the kimono jacket, and just the entire look of this outfit. I would love to see this exhibition, although I'd be so tempted to run off with some of the exhibits!

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  12. What an amazing exhibit! Those garments are just fabulous- as are both you and your husbands outfits too. You did not look out of place and your video of you being a mannequin was just great! You totally fit in.
    Thanks for sharing with those of us who can't see the exhibit in person. :)
    The Artyologist

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  13. What a beautiful exhibition, thank you for sharing these wonderful images. You look amazing, your outfit came to together so perfectly! Your hubby looks awesome too, that's great that you both get dressed up together! Looks like a really fun day x

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  14. Amazing that they gave free entry to those in costume. That's really nice. And you were certainly dressed for it! You have got the look spot on! And I'm all over that fur collar! Swoon!!!!

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  15. Your outfit is amazing!!! Both of you look so great! You guys looks like you are straight out of the exhibit. So many great outfits they had on display too!

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