Due to my interest in 1930s and 1920s fashions, I have been eager to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum to see their Jazz Age Fashion exhibition. Unfortunately, (mostly due to transport issues), I had not got around to doing so – until last week. Rather fortuitously, an invitation from Rowena at the fabulous Revival Retro dropped into my inbox, inviting me to a fashion show displaying their latest 1920s inspired designs; along with a late night viewing of the Jazz Age Fashion exhibition.
Revival Retro is a wonderful boutique in central London, specialising in high quality vintage inspired clothing. Labels and brands such as Emmy Design, The House of Foxy, Stop Staring, Miss L Fire and What Katie Did all grace the shelves and rails of this thoughtfully curated boutique.
The 1920s are a decade often overlooked by reproduction clothing brands. Most designers favour styles which are seen as more accessible, such as mid century designs. As the 1920s silhouette differs from aesthetic standards of our modern-day times, it is often a decade that many are weary to try. For these reasons I was excited and curious to see the designs from the boutique – made all the more exciting by the fact that all the designs displayed would be actually available to purchase from Revival Retro!
The show certainly didn’t disappoint. Along with embellished evening styles, I was impressed to see a nice variety of 1920s inspired daywear. Again, I find many brands seem to focus on occasion wear, whilst forgoing the more casual/versatile daywear styles. There were definitely a few designs included in the show that made me gasp in delight!
The show was compered by Rowena, who shared insider information and insights into the construction and design process of each style. A variety of models were utilised to showcase the designs, across a spectrum of sizes. It was fantastic to see the dresses modelled on women of all shapes and sizes, in addition, each model added their individuality and personality to showcasing each design. Some models posed in classic early fashion show modes, whilst others danced and shimmied their way along the floor!
After the fashion show I looked around the Jazz Age Fashion exhibition. The exhibition was fantastic, from the intricately painted set designs, to the individual themes and concepts within each genre. I was equally impressed by the actual exhibits on show, as I was with the curation and design of the exhibition as a whole. I would actually go as far to say it was the best exhibition I have seen in a museum.
Although each section contained many items, each piece was carefully displayed. The accompanying text for each exhibit was clear, and did not leave me seeking to match the written information with its material counterpart. My only regret is that I did not visit this exhibition earlier, as I would certainly have loved to visit it at least 3 times to fully immerse myself in the displays. On the night I attended, I also did not get time to pop into the gift shop, so I also regret not being able to purchase the exhibitions accompanying catalogue.
In addition to enjoying a fabulous fashion show and marvellous exhibition, I also got the opportunity to meet a very special lady I have been eager to meet for a long time – the lovely Nora from Nora Finds! I was apprehensive about meeting Nora (as I am apprehensive about meeting pretty much anyone!), but we got on so so well, and I can’t wait to meet up with her again!
Many thanks to Rowena for inviting me to this fabulous fashion show, and in turn allowing me to finally visit the Jazz Age Fashion exhibition (which is now closed).
All items featured in the fashion show are available to purchase at Revival Retro https://www.revival-retro.com/
This piece may also be of interest: In 2015, the Fashion and Textile Museum curated a Riviera Style exhibition, which I also visited and wrote about here.
Until next time dears!