Museum of the City of New York (part 1)

While I was in Manhattan earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of the City of New York and see several of their exhibitions. One of them was Paris/New York: Design/Fashion/Culture/1925-1940 (on view through February 22). The exhibit included furniture, decorative arts, graphic design, paintings and a selection of fashion and accessories that really distilled the art deco style in these two cities. The fashion section of the exhibit highlighted Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret, Mainbocher, Valentina, Hattie Carnegie, and Traina-Norell, among others.

Here are some photos from the exhibition.

First is the ‘Tricolour’ gown (1939) by Chanel, worn by Mrs. Harrison Williams. It was from the last collection Chanel designed before closing her couture salon at the start of World War II. – Note the patriotic colors of the French flag.

Designed by Mainbocher and made in Paris, it was sold at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Modern in the late 1930s.

Worn by Gertrude Lawrence in the promotion of the Broadway play Susan and Gold in 1937, it was designed by Hattie Carnegie.

This polka-dot gown was designed by Sophie Gimbel and sold at Saks in the mid-1930s.

Fabric panel designed by Edgar Brandt

Lord & Taylor Wedding gown, 1934.

I end with a wedding dress to let you know that I got engaged during my trip to New York – but I’ll try to not let it influence my postings too much.

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