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Art Deco Fashion exhibit

If there was an exhibition I just had to see this year, it was this. I’m so excited that I finally had the chance to take the boat to Tallinn with my friends to see the A Moveable Feast exhibition of Art Deco fashion design at Kumu, the art museum of Estonia.

A Moveable Feast is based on the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev, a fashion historian, interior designer, scenographer and owner of one of the world’s largest private vintage fashion collections. The exhibition features some 80 dresses and coats, more than 200 accessories as well as photos and paintings, all dating back to the inter-war period (1918–1939) but predominantly to the 1920s.

The exhibition boasts iconic pieces from the 1920s – the kind that you see in movies but very rarely in real life, especially in such beautiful shape. Oh the glitter, oh the glamour and oh, all those colours! It is indeed a feast of the most decadent kind. Considering that fancy dresses of this era are mainly seen in photographs and on the silver screen today, in black and white, I was taken by just how colourful the pieces were displayed all together. Another thing that I appreciate about A Moveable Feast is that you could get very close to the costumes to study even the tiniest of Art Deco details.

A Moveable Feast is open at Kumu until January 18, 2015 so you still have time to make the trip and go see the spectacular display of Art Deco era fashion with your own eyes. The luxurious fabrics, intricate embellishments, magnificent colours and plentiful sparkle are sure take your breath away!

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

Art Deco Fashion exhibit

 

Last month I came across the vintage find of the century. In the attic of my mother’s friend hung a 1920s vintage coat in pristine condition. Now, this is the kind of coat that you see in Deco era illustrations and in your dreams – but never in real life. But there it was and in my size too. It now hangs in my closet and I still can’t believe my luck.

It is an early to mid-1920s tiered wrap-over coat that fastens with a button and a sash on the side. The main features are the grandiose bat wing sleeves and the stunning Art Deco style embroidery.

I paired the coat with a pair of deadstock 1930s t-bar shoes that I recently obtained from Alles Gute at the Suvi-Vintage fair. I love the decorative details and the colour of the shoes; these are both beautiful and practical, and they pair perfectly with my coat.

With my interest having shifted from the 1940s to the early 1930s and 20s, I have cut down on my vintage purchases radically. Simply because items from the earlier eras are so much more difficult to come, especially on a budget. But June was very, very good to me. I may not have bought as much as I might have a few of years back but instead I have invested in a couple of quality pieces that I know I’ll cherish for years to come.

Photography by Jirina Alanko

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

 

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    My name is Riikka and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I'm a film researcher and a freelance journalist, a sartorial devotee of vintage fashion and endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I write about film, fashion, design, architecture - and all things old and pretty.

    Olen helsinkiläinen elokuvatutkija ja toimittaja, jonka intohimo on 1900-luvun alkupuolen visuaalinen kulttuuri. Blogi sivuaa kiinnostuksenkohteitani 1920- ja 1930-luvun elokuvista aina ajan muotiin ja designiin asti.



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