During the “Années folles,” Paris remained the center of all new artistic movements, including literature, fashion, dance and music. The city was “a magnificent fairground”. Creators broke away
from expected norms of expression and sought to shock and startle the public.
Among the representative characters were the poets Apollinaire and Cendrars, Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, the fashion designers Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker and the
American jazz musicians who arrived in France with WWI. Our lecture will focus on the interrelationships between the poetry, fashion, dance and music of the era. We will see how by breaking with
traditional barriers between media and between high and low culture the early modern era in Paris invented an entirely new world.