Ready to Roar

The Prohibition Era has had a significant impact on American society, including a lasting effect on women’s rights, freedoms and fashions. The Mob Museum, in partnership with the UNLV Public History Program, debuted its first fashion-centric exhibition, Ready to Roar, featuring the changing styles of the Prohibition Era.

Labeled the Jazz Age or the Roaring ’20s, the era was known for the glamorous, carefree “flapper.” Women, who now had the right to vote, distanced themselves from buttoned-up Victorian social norms and embraced progressive views about fashion, sexuality and the so-called vices.

This special, temporary display includes an array of authentic dresses and accessories from the 1920s and early 1930s, reflecting the different styles that evolved from the era. Open through late spring 2017, the exhibit explores 1920s fashion trends, including bold and striking art deco geometric patterns, fur-adorned hemlines, sequins, appliques and beading. The 1920s owed many of its signature hues to an unlikely partnership with the burgeoning chemical industry making colors such as marigold, chartreuse, lapis and tangerine possible. Purses also took center stage in women’s wardrobes during the 1920s. Women were in public more than ever before with essentials to carry and few effective pockets in which to do so.

Made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities, the exhibit is held in partnership with the Clark County Museum, Nevada State Museum, Nevada State Parks and the National Park Service. Free with Museum admission.

The Museum also recently debuted “Prohibition: An Interactive History,” a robust and captivating digital exhibit. Providing an educational and enjoyable ride through Prohibition’s many facets, the digital exhibit reveals surprising insights into one of the most interesting and misunderstood periods in American history through photographs, text, videos and a variety of interactive elements including a Prohibition-themed game.

Ready to Roar is sponsored in part by Antique Clothier, specializing in bright and light-colored 1920s flapper dresses, antique bridal and 1920s beaded handbags. Click here for more information.

Watch a time-lapse video of the installation of the exhibit