Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Lewis Gompers, 1961
Not on view
During the 1920s, nightlife ruled over the day. Men and women dressed for an evening out, filled with dinner, cocktails and dancing. Dress for women changed dramatically, as hemlines rose and waistlines dropped, creating a tubular silhouette. Ladies wearing these slightly revealing dresses, made of delicate fabrics and decorated with heavy beading were often referred to as flappers. This dress is a wonderful example of the style of the period. An unusual pattern of free-form elements concentrically outlined in clear beads enlivens this piece and the textured surface of the sequins creates an interesting play of light.