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Boca’s Broadway costume museum opens with Roaring ’20s gowns

Guests turned flappers for the afternoon. Those liberated ladies of the Roaring ‘20s opened The Costume Museum at The Wick Theatre.

Broadway shows set in the ‘20s like “Titanic” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” are now on display through May 2020. There’s an ode to Josephine Baker and the car set from “Crazy for You.” The new exhibit includes suffragettes, Prohibition and showgirl costumes by Erte.

Tours, some with luncheon and an upcoming show, require reservations at https://thewick.org/2019-pricing/ or call 561-995-2333. The Wick Theatre and its Costume Museum is located at 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca. There’s also a Tavern at the Wick restaurant.

The lobby was full for The Wick’s grand opening luncheon with a sneak peek of the exhibit. Most guests arrived in full regalia, including Pam Casanave-Pianta in red fringe. A dancer herself, the outfit came out of her closet. Event chair Marilyn Swillinger said her stunning frock came from Saks Fifth Avenue.

“Our collections goes back to 1868,” Marilynn Wick said about their costumes from more than 70 Broadway shows. She introduced her daughters Kimberly, the museum curator, and Kelly.

“While the iconic “flapper” is one of the most indelible images of the era, it is only one aspect of the increasing influence women had…” Wick said in a statement. “That is why we are very proud to dedicate an entire section of the exhibition to the suffragettes…Prohibition also defined the decade, creating an underground culture that spawned speakeasies and fueled the Jazz Age.”

By Marci Shatzman

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