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Coming Soon— 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs

America in the 1920s created a cultural shockwave that reverberated around the world. 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs explores the impact of the US as a global trendsetter in the 1920s. Featuring over 100 fashion objects, including flapper dresses, evening capes, lamé coats, couture, and ready-to-wear garments, the exhibition documents a decade of change through the shifting hemlines
and waistlines of the era’s fashions.

1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs is organised by The Fashion and Textile Museum and is accompanied by works from James Abbe: Photographer of the Jazz Age. 

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Coming Soon— Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern

Joyce Petschek’s exquisite embroidery reinvents the art of Bargello needlework. Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern represents a unique opportunity to see Joyce’s hand-stitched, luminously colourful pieces curated in a complete exhibition for the first time in Britain.

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Beatrice Benjamin Pratt will be featuring in our forthcoming exhibition

The personal archive of Beatrice Benjamin Pratt, the mother of Museum co-founder Dallas Pratt, will feature in the forthcoming 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs exhibition. Beatrice was the epitome of Jazz Age fashionable society and her photograph appeared in all the major New York publications with descriptions of her flamboyant attire. The journalists were particularly fascinated by her earrings, which many columnists thought were reaching alarming proportions. Curator of Archives, Cathryn Spence, is currently selecting items from the Museum’s collection of Beatrice Pratt photographs, letters, press cuttings, and artefacts to display as part of the exhibition.

Watch a short film about Beatrice here

Image: Beatrice Benjamin Pratt at Bailey’s Beach, Newport, Rhode Island in c.1918 wearing a haute couture swimming outfit

Lace in Fashion at The Fashion Museum, Bath

Opening Saturday 4 February

Lace has been a sign of style and elegance since the sixteenth century. From fine luxury garments worn by royals and the aristocracy to machine-made fashions for the everyday, The Fashion Museum’s brand new exhibition for 2017 will reveal both the techniques and the top names that have made lace such an enduring fashion trend. Featuring 50 historic treasures and designer dresses, Lace in Fashion draws on the riches of the Fashion Museum collection to showcase the skill and seduction of this fashionable fabric.

Lace in Fashion will be on display from 4 February 2017 to 1 January 2018.

Visit The Fashion Museum’s website to find out more

Artists' impression of chandelier

Give to our annual appeal today

The Museum needs generous members and supporters to boost donations to its latest annual appeal. We need to raise £20,000 to prepare for, and mark, the Manor House’s 200th anniversary in 2020. We wish to commission British artist Bruce Munro to create and install a spectacular chandelier, or light sculpture, in Central Hall to celebrate this milestone. The new installation will be unique in the United Kingdom and sympathetic to the history of the House, with a “nod” to the vibrant role it plays in modern times.

You can donate to the annual appeal in several ways: online; by telephone (01225 823010); or by post. Simply download, print, and complete the donation form on our website and return it with your cheque to: Development Office, American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD. The Museum accepts debit and credit card donations (American Express, Delta, Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa).

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