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Woman’s beaded evening dress, 1920s

  • Woman’s beaded evening dress, 1926

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The 1920s saw radical changes to the clothes people wore. Fashions changed more frequently and women wanted to look youthful with a straight non-curvy figure. Dresses slipped over the head and required no openings. Cinema was popular and influenced fashions and the cult for make-up. Women bobbed their hair so they could wear the new cloche hats.

Many evening dresses were elaborately beaded as in this stunning example. Made in France, it has a striking chevron pattern in black and silver beads with an elaborate beaded rose panel running around the dropped waist. 

Key facts: 
  • The 1920s saw great changes in the shapes and types of clothes worn.
  • WWI changed a lot about women's fashion. The restrictive corsets and long skirts of the Victorian and Edwardian eras were impractical for war work, and required assistance to put on. The styles of the 1920s reflect this change.

Curator: Melanie

Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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