Deco dreams ahead…

Though “Downton Abbey” is just a memory, many vividly recall the way the British production so aptly reflected its times, with the television series following the Crawley family from 1912 through the mid-1920s.

Those with a love of those latter days savored its fashions, jewelry and more as the sweeping saga hit its style stride.

Fans of the show – and that period in general – will no doubt be excited by some recent news from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan.

Here’s what’s been announced:

“The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in design during the exhilarating years of the 1920s, ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s,’ will debut this spring at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Co-organized by Cooper Hewitt and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will examine a broad spectrum of design showing the multidimensional aspect of American style in this decade. The galleries will be filled with extraordinary jewelry, fashion, furniture, textiles, tableware, paintings, posters, wall coverings and architecture, demonstrating the popularity of bold colors and forms that characterize this age.”

WAG is excited about this news, already planning to advance the exhibition – set to run April 7 through Aug. 20 here before moving on to Cleveland in late September – in our March issue.

There will be an accompanying 360-page publication along with a full schedule of programming.

Stay tuned.

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– Mary Shustack




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