In association with the exhibition Fashion & Freedom, Dave Haslam presents an evening talk illustrated by music and images.
Haslam has written about the cultural changes brought about by and after the First World War in his latest book Life After Dark, especially the causes and effects of the boom in jazz and going out dancing. Dancing was seen as a female pursuit and some cultural commentators worried about the emasculation of a whole generation of men because they were getting attracted in the 'female space' of Mecca ballrooms.
Dancing influenced fashions, with lighter fabrics designed with movement in mind, and cheaper fabrics created to provide outfits for less well off women who were enjoying an active social life.
This is a free event but booking is essential.
Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street, Manchester
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