20th century fashion exhibit

An exhibit of 20th century fashions from the turn-of-the-century and each decade following will be on display at the Charleston Antique Mall, in Las Vegas, Nev., starting in March 2009. The presentation will run for four weeks. The public is invited free of charge every day from March 22 through April 18.

The antique mall is located at 307 W. Charleston Blvd., in the downtown Las Vegas art district and is housed in the historic building that was a 7-UP bottling plant back in the 1950s.

Antique and vintage outer wear, bridal wear, day, evening, leisure and lingerie wear, hats and accessories of all types will be part of the century of the fashion display. While the majority of the pieces in the showing are women’s fashions, men’s styles and children’s garments will be also represented.

Starting with late Victorian pieces, the exhibit include styles from the 1910-1920 decade, the trends of the 1920s, the fashionable 1930s and into the stylish 1940s. Some of the garments from the early eras will be on loan from collectors.

With the current rage for vintage and retro clothing, mid-century fashion designs and the iconic styles of 1950s and ’60s – Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly – will be the highlight of the exhibit.

Disco fashions, mini and maxi hemlines, platform shoes, ethnic designs, all depict the 1970s styles included in the display. The big padded shoulders trend of the 1980s will be shown along with fashion styles of that period influenced by couture designers like Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein.

The glamorous contemporary designs such as those worn by Princess Diana and the glitzy craze of the 1990s will wind up the presentation of 100 years of fashion history.

The exhibit committee is composed of several antique dealers with various backgrounds that encompass fashion design, expertise in retail trends, and collecting antique, vintage and retro style clothing. For more information call the Charleston Antique Mall at 702-228-4783.

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