In this exhibition, a number of different shapes are shown from diamonds and hexagons to zig-zags. Diamonds can be arranged in a lattice to form a diagonal version of a checkerboard. This pattern is often associated with Harlequin because of the multicoloured diamond costume worn by this Italian pantomime character. The man’s bathing costume on show in this exhibition highlights the fashion for Masquerades and the popularity of Harlequin in the 1920s.
Shapes can be varied to create different patterns.They can be placed on top of each other in a structured way or scattered randomly to create a kaleidoscope of abstract patterns.
The effect of the geometric designs can be very eye catching and can make a strong statement for the wearer. As such, they are more prone to the changing fads of fashion.