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ARTICLE: 1920s: The Daring Decade (exhibit)

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  1. >The Daring Decade: Women in the 1920s
    >
    >Through October 24, 2004
    >
    >The 1920s were a decade of rapid change when an emphasis on youth and
    >adventure overcame the traditional social and moral restrictions
    placed on
    >women. The Daring Decade: Women in the 1920s opens on May 1 through
    October
    >24, and will showcase 40 costumes from the Society’s collection, plus
    >decorative arts and library archives to address this dramatic
    transition in
    >the societal role of the American woman.
    >
    >Women had flooded the workforce during World War I and assumed
    economic
    >roles that had been previously inhabited only by men. Working
    everywhere
    >from factories to banks, they were reluctant to abandon these
    positions of
    >independence when the war ended. Armed with financial freedom and the
    right
    >to vote, they chose to assert their equality in a number of ways, and
    >adopted modes of dress and behavior that were previously regarded as
    >masculine. The working woman’s suit was elevated to a fashion
    essential
    >when couturier Gabrielle Coco Chanel recognized its menswear materials
    and
    >styling as both functional and chic.
    >
    >The wearing of pants was also championed by Mademoiselle Chanel and
    her
    >contemporaries, and came into general use in dressing for sports and
    >sunbathing. A woolen shirt and jodhpurs, or riding pants, made by
    >Abercrombie and Fitch and a rare sweatsuit made by Cleveland Sport
    Goods
    >will show how the wearing of pants allowed women the physical freedom
    to
    >enjoy athletics and leisure activities to the fullest extent. Beach
    pajamas
    >became fashionable for lounging in the sun, and knitted tank-style
    bathing
    >suits by Jantzen allowed women to swim and tan their revealed skin.
    >
    >The desire for physical freedom was not limited to sports, as many
    women in
    >the 1920s were obsessed with the latest dance trends: the Charleston
    and
    >Fox Trot. Evening dresses became less constrictive and were
    embellished in
    >beads, fringes and tassels that emphasized movement, as exemplified by
    the
    >flapper style of 1925-1927. One example in the display includes an
    evening
    >dress made of silk, satin, lace and glass beads made by Chanel. The
    look
    >was completed with bobbed hair, red lipstick and varnished fingernails
    for
    >the young woman seeking adventure.
    >
    >The Daring Decade: Women in the 1920s will be complemented with 1920s
    >displays throughout the East Boulevard facility. The Library’s Sports
    >Archives will have a display in the Reinberger lobby highlighting the
    1920
    >Cleveland Indians World Champion baseball team. The Cleveland Indians
    won
    >the pennant, then defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World
    Series.
    >The Indians were led by player-manager Tris Speaker and pitching great
    Stan
    >Covaleski. The exhibit will feature the original photos of sports
    >photographers Louis Van Oeyen and Andy Kraffert. An audio tape of an
    >interview with outfielder and broadcaster Jack Graney will describe
    the
    >highlights of the action, including the first ever unassisted triple
    play
    >in a World Series by Indians second baseman Bill Wamby. Cleveland
    >newspapers will illustrate the excitement in town as the Cleveland
    ballclub
    >competed for its first ever World Championship.
    >
    >In the Crawford Museum our collection of 1920s cars will be displayed
    >including Cleveland-made cars. Many people do not realize that
    Cleveland
    >was a hub for car manufacturing in the 1920s including companies such
    as
    >White Motors, Jordan, and Winton. The Crawford collection boasts 21
    cars
    >from the 1920s and one aircraft from the year 1921. Visitors will get
    to
    >see the 1920 Mercer Raceabout sports car; 1921 Lincoln, the world's
    oldest
    >Lincoln; 1922 Dodge; 1928 Franklin Airman sedan and the 1929 Pierce
    Arrow,
    >just to name a few.
    >
    >Various programs and events will be scheduled during the run of the
    >exhibition. Check out the WRHS website at www.wrhs.org for more
    information
    >on upcoming programs. Support provided by National City Bank, the Ohio
    >Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for
    the
    >Humanities and 107.3 FM The Wave.
     
  2. This exhibit just concluded (actually ending today) Does anyone know anyone who was able to attend?
     

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