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Current Exhibition: Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs

American Museum in Britain

March 18 – October 29, 2017

“From Hollywood to the Folies Bergère, the glittering stars of the 1920s stage and screen are celebrated in this display of portraits by James Abbe.  With perfect posture and knowing smiles, these magically-lit studies provide a candid commentary on early 20th century celebrity. Abbe began his career in New York, moving to Paris in the 1920s. He produced many iconic images from the world of entertainment, making portraits in his studio and on location for key movies featuring Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Fred and Adele Astaire. Other fashion studies show Gilda Gray, the Dolly Sisters and Louise Brooks.” – From 1920s Jazz Age Fashion, Unicorn Press, essay by Terence Pepper

Stills from 1925 film “London”

These stills by James Abbe were taken on the set of “London,” a silent era drama starring Dorothy Gish and Elissa Landi. Sadly, the film appears to be lost to history. Click here to view more.

On the set of the film "London," with Dorothy Gish and cast, 1925
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James Abbe

“During the 1920s and 1930s, James Abbe was among the best-known and most-widely published photographers on the international scene. Prolifically photographing the leading luminaries of the era, Abbe was central to the development of the concept of media-induced celebrity.” From James Abbe: Photographer, forward by Brooks Johnson, Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000

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