JAZZ MUSIC'S INFLUENCE ON FASHION

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

'Fashion and jazz' was another area which the NLHF invited us to consider and (as with our 'Voices from the Past' project) we enjoyed working with South Essex College and their students. This involved some dress design (we concentrated on that most iconic image the 'flapper-dress' worn by dancers of the 'Charleston' in the 1920s) but also consideration of the way jazz fashion, over the years, has challenged the everyday accepted societal concepts as to 'how you should look'. So we took an iconic image from every jazz decade to illustrate (and celebrate) how this happened. And by using images ranging from Billie Holiday's gardenia and Louis Armstrong's fashionable 1930s plus-fours to Dizzy Gillespie's zoot-suit, beret and dark glasses and Miles Davis' rock-star outfits and cool shades we were able to create a visual exhibition which took us through a hundred years of jazz fashions.

We hope you enjoy the Gallery of images outlining the huge amount of work and effort put into this project by the South Essex College students. See the finished dresses, artwork and more within our in-centre 100 Club exhibition.

Gardenia Jazz Inspired Dress

1920's ERA 'FLAPPER DRESSES'

This beautiful jazz inspired dress was designed by Deborah Wingfield of 'Bespoke Costumes by Deborah'.

This design is a contemporar