Starting October 3 and running through February 22, the Museum of the City of New York is exhibiting the fashions, design and culture that emerged from Paris and New York between 1925 and 1940. I cannot wait to check this out!

(Pictured above) A poster depicting Josephine Baker, designed by Jean Chassaing in 1931.

These are just some of the items on display as part of the new exhibit:
(Pictured above, left) An ad for Stetson’s Normandie hat featured in July 1, 1935 issue of Vogue (Courtesy the John B. Stetson Company).
(Above, Center) An ad for St. Raphaël aperitif, L’Illustration, from June 10, 1939 (Private collection).
(Above, Right) A promotional photograph of the Normandie superimposed on New York City streets, photograph by Byron Co. in 1934 (Museum of the City of New York, Byron Collection).
Exhibit description:
“The 1920s and ‘30s witnessed a burst of creative energy in the fields of architecture, design, and fashion. Shaping new styles of buildings and furnishings, redefining fashion, and giving visual form to avant-garde performing arts, architects and designers forged a still-influential modern aesthetic. The era’s most creative figures rarely worked in isolation, preferring instead to participate in international dialogues that crossed national boundaries and linked capital cities in collaborative artistic enterprise. Between the world wars, no two cities engaged in a more fertile conversation than Paris, capital of 19th-century refinement, and New York, the upstart challenger that represented 20th-century dynamism.
Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 will explore not only architecture and design, but also film, fashion, and the performing arts. Styles from Art Deco to neo-romanticism will be examined along with the work of such legendary figures as Helena Rubinstein, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali­­, and Josephine Baker, and lesser-known figures such as costume and set designer Pavel Tchelitchew. The exhibition and its accompanying publication (Monacelli Press, forthcoming in September 2008) will bring together never-before-exhibited drawings, furnishings, decorative objects, costumes, photographs, posters, and films.”
This is such an interesting mix of design, fashion and art in one exhibit. Mark your calendars!
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