>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.