TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the
opening of its newest exhibition, The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits, a glamourous display of 1920s footwear. Illustrating the electrifying
synergy between fashion and design with a focus on the wardrobe and
widening horizons of the "New Woman", the exhibition takes a look at
how the myriad influences of the period such as cinema, jazz clubs and
world travel influenced the shape of fashionable footwear.
Bracketed by the First World War and Great Depression, the glittering
decade of the Roaring 20s marked the dawn of the modern era. Post-war
exuberance infused society and fashion with an energetic modernity.
"For women especially, fundamental cultural shifts such as women's
suffrage were reflected in fashion signaling a clear break with the
past" said Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum.
Added Semmelhack, "and many of the decade's exceptional shoes
illustrate this electrifying synergy between culture and fashion. "
Fashionable footwear in the 1920s reflected the new freedoms opening up
for women; from the invention of the T-strap shoe designed to keep
women's shoes on their feet while doing the Charleston to the menswear
influenced shoes worn by women stepping out of the domestic sphere into
the public realm. Many of the changes to women's dress introduced in
the 1920s such as shorter hemlines, higher heels and the use of makeup
continue to have relevance today and continue to reflect the freedoms
and challenges open to women
An exciting lecture and movie series has also been developed to
accompany the exhibition. For more information, please visit the
Museum's website at www.batashoemuseum.ca.
The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits will be on view until June 2012.
SOURCE Bata Shoe Museum
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For more information, please visit the Museum's website at www.batashoemuseum.ca