There is a fabulous exhibition at the moment at the Fashion and Textile museum, founded by designer Zandra Rhodes.
1920s Jazz Age Fashion and photographs is heaven for any lover of the 1920s.
The beautiful clothes on display would have definitely featured in the wardrobes of some of the characters in my second novel, The Book of Thoth, which is set in 1925.
Eccentric socialite and amateur psychic Gabby Ramsey would have loved those richly decorated evening coats and turbans!
Jazz journalist Maeve Edwards would have been thrilled to own a few of those ravishing items - and they would have suited her petite frame perfectly!
Somehow, I don't think Maeve and Gabby are the bathing costume type, but they might change their mind when they see those very chic ones...
The vintage and antiques fans we are were virtually drooling over the wonderful items on display - some lovely touches everywhere!
I adore the photography of the time - there is a very special quality and beauty to it. I am a big fan of people like Man Ray and Beaton (whose work could be seen in the exhibition), but to my shame, I didn't know the name James Abbe - although I have come across his photography before in my collection of cinema magazines and ephemera of the time! Absolutely wonderful... These are the kind of images that make me happy.
Oh, and I have found the perfect coat to wear when I do readings of The Book of Thoth...
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