If you haven’t dropped by the Museum of Vancouver‘s ‘Art Deco Chic’ exhibit, showcasing extravagant glamour between WWI and WWII, here’s a sneak peak which may convince you to add it to your weekend agenda.
The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. According to MOV, Art Deco was a distinct departure from previous design styles, drawing inspiration from geometric shapes to evoke elegance and modernity. It was also influenced by an increased ability to travel world wide – bringing inspiration not only from modernism, but from faraway places such as Russia, Egypt, and Mexico. (More photos after the jump.)
Items on display include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in 1929 and European designer labels such as Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, and Schiaparelli. The MOV exhibit even includes a comparatively modest, yet stylish, navy polka dot dress made by the Aurora Dress Company of Vancouver ca. 1927.
Art Deco Chic, Now – September 23, Museum of Vancouver, Museumofvancouver.ca
Last modified: March 31, 2012