ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: SWAN HOUSE: FASHION IN GOOD TASTE
Each main room of the 1928 Swan House presents examples of the defining clothing of a particular decade. Spanning the 1920s through the 1960s, Fashion in Good Taste explores Atlanta’s past through fashion for each of the decades that Swan House was occupied by the Inman family.
The exhibition comprises 28 examples of women’s and men’s clothing, including two women’s hats. Six of the pieces were designed or created by Georgia women. They include Atlanta designers Clyde Ingram, Thelma Swafford, and Ann Moore; Atlanta milliners Loretta Bonta and Lillian B. Head; and North Georgia weaver Mary Crovatt Hambidge.
Fashion in Good Taste includes three pieces by Ann Moore. In the decade before the Civil Rights movement launched, the Spelman College graduate (class of 1943) departed Atlanta for Detroit, optimistic about the opportunities that a city without strict segregation laws could offer. During a distinguished career, Moore established her own fashion house in the Motor City, Ann Moore Couturiere. Jet and Vogue featured designs from her collections. Moore now makes her home in Atlanta, and the Atlanta History Center serves as the largest repository of her work, including 28 outfits and accessories in its permanent collection.
Fashion in Good Taste is generously funded by Emily Bourne Grigsby.