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Ready for a close-up? See sparklers and gowns from Hollywood’s Golden Age

“Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s—the most glamorous years of Hollywood film. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of sultry starlets of the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Hollywood style in this era was a blend of on- and off-screen fashion and accessories, including dramatic costumes created for the screen by famous designers such as Adrian, Travis Banton, and Chanel and dazzling jewelry from makers of the era like Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin and Paul Flato. Along with eye-catching gowns once worn by famous figures and the sparkling jewels that contributed to their allure from the MFA and private collections, photography by Edward Steichen along with period photographs, film stills, and film clips capture the style of the silver screen era. Enjoy a glimpse of Hollywood in the Golden Age of glamour.

Above: Joan Crawford suite of jewelry. By: Verger Freres, French, founded in 1911. Worn by: Joan Crawford, American, 1905–1977. French, about 1935. Gold, diamond, and aquamarine. Promised gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.


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Additional support from the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts and the Loring Textile Exhibition Fund.