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.

  • Cocktail Shaker, 1928
  • silver-plated nickel and molded catalin.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.62a,b.2015
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Earrings, 1928
  • diamonds, platinum.
  • Lent by Vartanian & Sons.
  • 88.2016.4
  • Brooch, 1930
  • diamonds, emeralds, ruby, platinum, onyx.
  • Lent by Vartanian & Sons.
  • 88.2016.3
  • Brooch, 1924
  • platinum, diamonds, cultured pearl, onyx, rock crystal.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CL 235 A24.
  • 86.2016.9
  • Vanity Case, Egyptian, 1924
  • gold, platinum, engraved mother-of-pearl plaques, egyptian blue faience....
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 64 A24.
  • 86.2016.8
  • Compact, 1930
  • 14-karat gold, platinum, enamel, baguette-cut diamond (push-piece).
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 75 A30.
  • 86.2016.7
  • Cigarette Case, 1931
  • platinum, baguette-cut diamond clasp.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CC 50 A31.
  • 86.2016.6
  • Bandeau, 1924
  • diamonds, platinum, natural pearl.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. HO 28 A24.
  • 86.2016.1
  • 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