The ’20s Come Roar­ing Back

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Through Oc­to­ber 11 In the history of 20th cen­tury fash­ion, the 1920s stand out as a golden era, full of bold styles from the flap­per dress craze to the dra­matic vamp look.

Lougheed House Mu­seum and His­toric Site’s new ex­hibit, Dar­ing Deco: 1920s Women's Fash­ion, ex­plores the lives of Al­ber­tan women dur­ing the decade through the clothes they wore, from those who im­ported fash­ion from Paris, to those who paid for a trea­sured gown in in­stall­ments with money earned at post-World War I jobs.

The silky vel­vets and in­tri­cately beaded silks, some worn by no­table Al­ber­tans such as Irene Parlby of the Fa­mous Five, tell the story of a chang­ing so­cial land­scape in which al­tered class struc­tures and ur­ban­iza­tion dras­ti­cally in­flu­enced style trends in a way that still re­ver­ber­ates through fash­ion to­day (page 33).

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