Enjoy an afternoon of Jazz Age beauty, glamour and fashion as we present a roll call of the 1920s debutantes perfectly preserved by the Mary Evans Picture Library.
Until the middle of the last century, London’s social calendar was dominated by ‘the Season’, a round of social events and parties during which the daughters of the upper classes made their ‘debuts’. Debutantes and their families descended on the capital from all over Britain to take part in this elaborate process that in its blend of glamour, archaic and sometimes comic ritual is emblematic of a world now lost. From the preparations and formalities of court presentation to the exhausting round of parties that followed, Luci Gosling provides a detailed look at a phenomenon that was central to the lives of generations of privileged young ladies. Highlights include How to be a Debutante, the workings of the Royal Court and dancing and romancing in the 1920s. Lucinda Gosling is the guest curator of the Museum’s Gordon Conway display and the author of Debutantes and the London Season, published by Shire. She is part of the team at the historical specialist Mary Evans Picture Library, and writes the blog.maryevans.com. Her interests include 20th century social history, royalty, high society and illustration, and she has contributed to a wide variety of publications including History Today, Majesty Magazine, Tatler, Illustration, Stand To!, and BBC News Online.
*Free talk with exhibition entry Event supported by Mary Evans Picture Library