Press Release



  • The exhibition is presented in partnership with UNLV’s Public History Program
  • The exhibition will explore ways in which Roaring ‘20s fashion coincided with the expansion of women’s rights and freedoms.
  • An array of authentic dresses and accessories from the 1920s and early 1930s will be displayed.
  • It will be on view through February 2017.
  • Hi-res photos available here.

LAS VEGAS (October 2016) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in partnership with UNLV’s Public History Program, will launch “Ready to Roar,” a temporary exhibition of Prohibition-Era fashion and culture, on Friday, November 4. Curated to illustrate the indelible impact the Prohibition Era had on not only women’s fashions, but also their social, political and economic freedoms, the exhibition will be on view until February 2017. Included among the items to be displayed will be an array of authentic dresses and accessories from the 1920s and early 1930s that demonstrate the different styles that evolved during the era. “Ready to Roar” is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities and with support from the Clark County Museum, Nevada State Museum, Nevada State Parks and the National Park Service.

During Prohibition, the emergence of speakeasies gave rise to “flappers,” young women who redefined social expectations through fashion. These women distanced themselves from buttoned-up Victorian social norms and embraced progressive views on fashion, sexuality and so-called vices.

Meanwhile, technological and chemical innovations increased women’s buying power. Synthetic dyes brought about the use of vivid colors and the development of manmade fibers allowed more clothing to be available to more Americans than ever before in human history. Simultaneously, the rise of the automobile and airplane created a transportation revolution, and women on the go needed accessories such as powder compacts and purses.

“Thanks to our partners at UNLV and other wonderful organizations within the local cultural community, we are able to present this exciting and innovative exhibition,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum. “We are grateful for such terrific collaboration, and look forward to ongoing ventures that will bring enriching content to the public.”

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The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.