When Downton Abbey bids adieu in just a few weeks (you’re breaking our hearts, Julian Fellowes!), fans will undoubtedly miss the upstairs/downstairs drama and biting wit from Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess. But perhaps they’ll miss most of all the fabulous fashion, which gets even more swoon-worthy as the episodes lead into the 1920s. The decade introduced a much more comfortable aesthetic for women: modern silhouettes and dazzling glamour by way of ornate patterns and sumptuous fabrics. The chapeaux got chicer, the jewelry more playful, and corsets disappeared altogether.
In celebration of that magical era in fashion, Vintage Martini‘s Ken Weber curated a selection of couture and accessories for an exhibit titled “Decadence: Fashions from the 1920s,“ on display at Galleria Dallas beginning Friday, January 22, and running through Sunday, February 28. It features exquisite and rare pieces from French, Spanish and Italian couturiers including Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny (three of his gowns are included), Maria Monaco Gallenga and Lucien Lelong, sourced from the Susan Denn and Robert Schmidt Collection and The Texas Fashion Collection of UNT College of Visual Arts & Design.
The exhibit is located on Level One at the Galleria’s north end, near Tiffany’s. Admission is free, ensuring this showcase of the alluring elegance synonymous with the Roaring ’20s is one not to be missed.