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Elegance in an age of crisis

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

A recent interesting acquisition of the MoMu Library is Elegance in an Age of Crisis, a powerful book that pays a tribute to modern fashion of both men and women, and the craftspeople who constructed it. The book illustrates styles that are still seen as the ideal of beauty and modernity today.

The 1930s is seen as a decade where modern clothing was created. Set between the stock market crash and outbreak of World War II, the 1930s was surprisingly elegant and cheerful. Both women’s high fashion, men’s tailoring and the accessories got a modern and elegant touch.

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

With the rise of classicism, the shapeless styles of the 1920s were replaced by fashion that was all about the proportions and balance. Advances in textile technology and reliance on craftsmanship led to a new, modern style of clothing. To keep the style of well-proportioned and balanced clothing, the tailors and dressmakers constructed clothing without padding and boning.

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions in the 1930s, published by Yale University Press, 2014

Head down to the MoMu library to get this book in your hands and indulge yourself in the modern clothing of 1930s!
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(text Monica Ho)