Published: March 16, 2004
The Morris Museum travels back to the time of the flappers, bootleg gin and Model T Fords in its upcoming exhibition “1920s and All That Jazz.”
The exhibition features 30 women’s costumes from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, including evening dresses, daywear and outerwear. The costumes from this era are characterized by extravagant beading and are accessorized with shawls, hats and fans. “1920s and All That Jazz” is on view March 23 through the end of summer.
“The 1920s style of women’s clothing was cool, sophisticated, vertical, and for the first time in history, much shorter,” said Elizabeth Laba, volunteer coordinator of costumes at the Morris Museum. “The fashion during this era reflected the social changes of the time including women’s right to vote, the growing availability of the car and the air of excrdf_Descriptionent due to the end of World War I.”
The Morris Museum gratefully acknowledges the Friends of the Morris Museum and Dr and Mrs Arthur Tiger for their generous contributions toward the purchase of the dress forms used in this exhibition.
On Sunday, May 2, at 2 pm, Dr Edward M. Cifelli will present “America in the Roaring Twenties,” a discussion about the time of Gershwin, Lindbergh, flappers, the Charleston, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Dr Cifelli was formerly a professor at County College of Morris and now teaches occasionally at Centenary College in the graduate English program The cost for the lecture is $8 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers (includes admission). Call 973-971-3720 for information.
The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike), is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. For information, visit www.morrismuseum.org or call 973-971-3700.
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