After the initial excitement of being invited to the Bata Shoe Museum for the launch of the new Roaring Twenties exhibition wore off, the fear set in: I had no idea what to wear. I went through my closet and quickly discovered that I didn't own much of anything inspired by the twenties. Still, I did the best that I could with what I had and made my way to the event this past Tuesday night.
As I walked through the main entrance of the shoebox-shaped building, I was immediately greeted with the music of Liberty Silver and the Jazz Kats, which set the perfect tone for the evening. I sipped on a sweet sugar-rimmed Parisian Sidecar cocktail and moved through the crowd made up of mostly women dressed in their best flapper looks. There were glittering headbands, endless strands of pearls, and of course, sparkling shoes to finish the whole look off.
|Parisian Sidecars were the featured cockta|
|Liberty Silver and the Jazz Kats|
After nibbling on some delicious hors d'oeuvres and listening to the introductions of the night, a couple of Charleston dancers led the way up the stairs to the exhibition, and I followed closely behind them.
In her introduction, Sonja Bata said that the Bata Shoe Museum used shoes to tell you about another time period, and this was definitely true of "The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits".
|Spectator Shoes - Hellstern and Sons, French late 1920s|
The exhibition allows you to get up close to the glittering heels and the floral and textured fabrics of the shoes. You learn all about the footwear designer Andre Perugia and about why T-strap shoes were invented (hint: it has to do with dancing the Charleston!). And most importantly, you get to see what life was like for the women of the 1920s in the most entertaining way possible,which is through their shoes of course!
|Shoes and shoebox by Andre Perguia, French, 1920s|
On my way home I remembered something that Liberty Silver said in between songs. She was talking about the twenties and asked the audience "Can you imagine yourself back then?" Originally my answer was no, but after taking in the exhibition I think that I can.