(Exhibition text in English, referring to a QR code in the exhibition)


”Modern” is the new word in the 1920s. Short skirts and short hair are in fashion. Clothes have straight shapes, with no visible waist or bust. The new, elastic corset flattens the body and the bust flattener gives a slim silhouette. The new woman, the tomboy, la garçonne, the flapper, seeks a youthful style. Technological advances and a changing way of life give birth to a fast-paced, sporty lifestyle – in step with the times.

Skirts are at their shortest after the mid-1920s, and the waistline drops lower and lower. A new material, artificial silk, is used for nude-coloured stockings and underwear. Trousers, jumpers and comfortable sportswear are new. Knitwear is an important fashion detail.

But clothes are also art. The artistic creation of clothing is part of modernism’s quest for the transcendent modern life.


The 1925 Paris World Fair, the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, showcases new expressions in architecture, arts and crafts. Experimental styles of the early 20th century are mixed with new influences. The result is the different styles that will eventually become known as Art Deco, Modernism and Swedish Grace.

Inspiration for the Art Deco style comes from different parts of the world. The political situation in Mexico stabilises and artists travel there. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb contributes to an Egyptian-inspired style in everything from architecture to clothes and make-up.

Machines and streamlined vehicles signal a new era. Industry, technology and art are part of life. Everything is possible and everything is moving fast – like a whirlwind.


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