Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Roaring Twenties...

It has recently been confirmed that Baz Luhrmann has been signed to remake the classic movie "The Great Gatsby".  It looks as though Leonardo Di Caprio will be Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.  The movie is set on Long Island's North Shore in the summer of 1922. I love the original movie, starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, but more importantly I love the clothes.

Women’s fashion experienced dramatic changes during the early 1920’s following the end of the First World War, in a period often referred to as the “Roaring Twenties”. 
After experiencing the horrors of the war, people wanted to enjoy themselves.  The cult of youth was a twenties invention and those who wanted to belong had to be reckless and carefree.  Jazz became popular and a dance craze for the Tango and the Charleston boomed.

The passing of bustles and corsets gave clothing designers greater freedom of expression.  Female looks changed significantly, hairstyles were cut into short bobs and hemlines rose from the ankle to the knee.  Women favoured the slender more youthful style over the mature voluminous one and began dressing up more like boys.  The “Garconne/Flapper” style was born.  Heavier make up, slender flat chested figures, a short hairstyle with a close fitting cloche hat and a loose fitting drop waist dress with a knee length skirt characterized the Garconne look.

I've got a feeling that we're going to be seeing lots of  Twenties inspired frocks around the corner...well I'm hoping anyway!


  1. I LOVE this! I too am hoping that we'll see more 20s-inspired fashion around the corner. :)

    -Gayle (Pen&Ink blog)

  2. Such a great cast (love Carey Mulligan). Can't wait to see the film.

  3. Love the 20s look. The flapper dresses are gorgeous.


  4. It will be nice to see style from the 20s and I can watch any movie with Leonardo Di Caprio in it.

  5. These looks are so cute, they also remind me of early Chanel designs. Hopefully we'll see more of them, I wouldn't mind the slightly longer dresses.

    Looking forward to the film, haven't read the book but I think I probably should.

    Meri xx

  6. Great post! It made me want to see the original now! I also want to have a roaring 20's party!