This exhibition was on display from April 07, 2017 to August 20, 2017.

There were 409 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 400 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Bending the Rules

The 1920s abounded with new lifestyles. Now able to vote and empowered as decision-makers, women cast off old social customs with their corsets. Their more revealing fashions necessitated exercise and dieting, and called for colorful jewelry in exotic new forms, accessories for cosmetics, and cigarette smoking paraphernalia for additional glamour and adventure. The fashionable "stepped out" to nightclubs first in Paris and then in the US to hear jazz music that gave the era a swinging beat and new excitement. Prohibition reigned throughout the 1920s—but creative designs for cocktail shakers and cups showed the rules being stylishly bent.

  • Object ID #907214239
  • blue and black lacquer and oréum (gold alloy).
  • Lent by Siegelson, New York.
  • 61.2016.9a/d
  • Object ID #1042155115
  • diamonds, platinum.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. BT 27 A30, BT 28 A30.
  • 86.2016.11a,b
  • Object ID #404536715
  • silver-plated nickel and molded catalin.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.62a,b.2015
  • Object ID #18391119
  • silk leaf embroidered with steel sequins, mother-of-pearl sticks with steel....
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-161-222-a,b
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Object ID #1042155089
  • platinum, diamonds, cultured pearl, onyx, rock crystal.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CL 235 A24.
  • 86.2016.9
  • Object ID #1042155095
  • gold, platinum, engraved mother-of-pearl plaques, egyptian blue faience....
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 64 A24.
  • 86.2016.8
  • Object ID #1042155107
  • 14-karat gold, platinum, enamel, baguette-cut diamond (push-piece).
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 75 A30.
  • 86.2016.7
  • Object ID #1024497195
  • platinum, baguette-cut diamond clasp.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CC 50 A31.
  • 86.2016.6
  • Object ID #1024497181
  • bone, enamel, gold, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, platinum, onyx.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 70 A25.
  • 86.2016.2
  • Object ID #1024497167
  • diamonds, platinum, natural pearl.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. HO 28 A24.
  • 86.2016.1
  • Object ID #907214221
  • emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, platinum.
  • Lent by Pierre Chen, Taiwan.
  • 8.2017.1
  • Object ID #907218807
  • oil on canvas.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Max D. Levy, 1967, 67.109.
  • 76.2016.3
  • Object ID #907216421
  • platinum, diamonds, and artificial resin.
  • The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection.
  • 73.2016.6
  • Object ID #907216429
  • nephrite, jade, coral, gold, rubies.
  • The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection.
  • 73.2016.4
  • Object ID #907216413
  • 18-karat gold, diamond, tortoiseshell.
  • The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection.
  • 73.2016.2
  • Object ID #907216409
  • jet, silver, diamonds, sapphires.
  • The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection.
  • 73.2016.1
  • Object ID #404536717
  • offset lithograph on paper.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.63.2015
  • Evening Dress And Underslip, 1926
  • blue silk chiffon with applied blue ombré silk fringe.
  • Lent by Kent State University Museum, The Helen O. Borowitz Collection, KSUM....
  • 70.2016.2
  • Object ID #18504657
  • glazed, molded earthenware with sgraffito design.
  • Gift of Mrs. Homer Kripke.
  • 1980-21-7
  • Object ID #907216365
  • presentation case: burlwood; four larger flacons: molded glass; seven smaller....
  • Christie Mayer Lefkowith Collection.
  • 69.2016.3