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Roaring Twenties ~ 1920's

"The war to end all wars was over, & so was the deadly flu. It was time to think of life & living...You in your flapper finery, your long cigarette holder askew. Me in my knickers & straw hat, we strolled down the avenue. [We] watched movies both silent & sinful, & danced till the night was [through], drinking the latest bootleg brew. We were high wire, our hearts were on fire, it lasted as long as a flame, a decadent decade in name..." Roaring Twenties by Ronald Hull

Green silk charmeuse evening gown with metallic thread embroidery and pearl beadwork (back), by Callot Soeurs, French (c. 1928). I love the two shades of green used! Gown is sleeveless, with handkerchief hemline. The fanned beaded clasp, at the back of the gown, attaches off center below the deep v-neckline. It creates a lovely 'fall' down the back of the gown.

Tuxedo, 1927 // by Jeanne Lanvin / The Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ the epitome of elegance :)

The Grand Salon of the Hôtel d'un Collectionneur, Paris, 1925 // Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann | on display at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes

A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell. (1921)

Clotheslines 1923, New York City, New York by Ralph Steiner.

Evening dress - gorgeous warm silver lame gown liberally embroidered with colorful silk thread. The silhouette is a play on the 'robe-de-style' which was popularized in the late 1910s. The squared train is lined with exquisite 'Lanvin blue' silk. Squared neckline with spaghetti straps. Skits is slightly gathered from a drop waist and is also lined in blue.

Robe de Style ~ French 1922 black silk ankle-length shift gown, with pale pink chiffon inserts in ruched horizontal panels around the skirt. Pink silk trimming around the arm holes and neckline too. Delicate trim of metallic thread & glass beading.

"Roseraie" [detail], by Jeanne Lanvin, spring/summer 1923

Dance Cards - Carnet de Bal - Ballspende 1928...beautiful mother of pearl card

Naomi Johnson ~ Ziegfeld Follies ~ A favorite model of Alfred Cheney Johnston ~ 1925

Maison Agnès, Beaded & Embroidered Evening Dress of Green Watered Silk, Paris, c. 1925.

Callot Soeurs gold silk evening gown (1921). Gold lame wrapped bodice & tea-length skirt. Overskirt of gold brocade drapes, loops at back & falls in wide sash train. Wide straps of sheer champagne chiffon form a v-neck front & back. Matching 'turban' with wide gold lame band

Evening dress, Worth (circa 1926). Coral silk velvet embroidered with pink beads & antiqued gold thread. Sleeveless overdress covered w/ small unpressed pleats secured by interior tapes. Scooped neckline, dropped waistline at hip level w/ band of embroidery, & straight skirt with deep embroidered border in stylized Art Deco-style floral motif at hem & slits at sides. Further streamlining achieved by narrow vertical band at side seams. Attached underskirt covered with antiqued gold passamenterie.

Corinne Griffith with a sassy bob

Pale pink crepe with gown with double spaghetti straps. The decolletage is lavishly embroidered along the neckline completely around the dress' circumference. Minutely gathered, pleated and draped bustle hangs in 2 tiers down the back of the gown.

Augusta Auctions

Palest pink crepe silk gown with jacket. Gold bugle beads & gold balls and rhinestones for the border along the hemline

Palest pink crepe gown with spaghetti straps. The simple gown is elaborately embroidered w/ rhinestones, gold bugle beads & gold balls along the neckline and with a butterfly medallion across the bust.

Augusta Auctions