V90: 1920s Fashion Presentation at the National Automobile Museum, Reno

Last night Lady Carolyn and I co-presented “The Bee’s Knees and the Cat’s Meow: Fashionistas 1920s Style,” a general survey of [mostly] women’s clothing and fashion trends through the Roaring ’20s.

Carolyn and I both brought all kinds of garments to show, extant and re-creations, as well as props like hats, a tennis racket, a ukelele, hair clips, shoes, etc.  We dressed a whole pile’s worth of dress forms to display on stage, and also held up items during the presentation.

It went really well! The talk was part of a five day symposium called “Barnstormers to Bootleggers,” hosted by The National Automobile Museum here in Reno.  Participants attended lectures on all aspects of the 1920s – jazz, prohibition, fashion (that’s us), and of course the cars of the time, and how they fit into this unique period in history.

I didn’t get many photos, but here are a few of our stage, and also a short clip of a bit of our presentation.

A stack of bodies, some arms, and our clothes rack of old rags
Items to pull out and show in the background, and a table full of accessories up front.
Two original, early frocks on the left
Underwear, and several dresses to pull out and who to the audience.

We showed a clip from Thoroughly Modern Millie, that I posted here a little while ago, and I embarrassed myself, lol.


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