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Roaring into the Twenties: The New New York Woman

In the decade following World War I women in New York City took on a new image, leaving behind the Victorian corsets and layers of petticoats.

"It was a very extreme period," said Phyllis Magidson, curator of costumes and textiles at the Museum of the City of New York. "It was a decade when woman became a finished product."

The Museum of the City of New York is currently presenting Roaring into the Twenties: The New New York Woman, an exhibition featuring costumes, jewelry, cosmetics and photographs of women of the 1920's.

A large part of the exhibit is devoted to fashion. In the 1920's, women began wearing short, streamlined dresses, putting new demands on the fashion industry. Flappers, who took it to the extreme often wore frocks and nearly transparent blouses, a thing unheard of in the past. The exhibition also features evening dresses created by European and American designers like Chanel, Poiret, Callot Soeurs and Lanvin, as well as beaded shoes, nightgowns, lingerie and business attires, which became poplar as more women entered the workforce.

Women of the 1920's led a different life style and paid more attention to health and beauty. Daily workout and diet became means of shaping their figures. Many women cut their hair and experimented with make-up. By 1925, American women were spending six million dollars on beauty products, salon treatments and hairdressers. The cosmetics glass cases feature loose powders, soaps, and perfumes like Chanel No. 5, the most popular fragrance of the era.

The exhibition also features photographs of female actresses like Louise Brooks, as well as large portraits of Helena Rubinstein, one of the most successful businesswomen in the world, and Irene Castle, who was considered the best dressed woman in the United States.

The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York until September 14.

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