The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties explores the similarities in women’s fashion across these two decades. Object pairings with direct visual connections highlight the parallels in high fashion that were inspired by the revolutionary spirits of modernity during the 1920s and 1960s. The exhibition examines these similarities through six thematic sections: Twenties Nostalgia, Dreams and Discontent, Obsession with Youth, Music Mania, Cultural Appropriation, and Mode and Modernity. Like both eras, movements for social justice and racial and gender equality have characterized 2020. The exhibition invites the audience to contemplate the effects of today’s events on fashion and how the resulting designs might compare to those of the 1920s and 1960s.
Other online content!
While the museum is temporarily closed, explore some past exhibitions online in the
gallery above or via the links to the left.
With more than 50,000 objects in our collection, MFIT curator’s are bound to have a few favorites! Visit the pages below to see each curator’s selections.
curator of education and research
curator of costume and accessories
senior curator of costume