The Great Gatsby and 1920s Inspired Fashion

As you’ve probably heard, the latest buzz in upcoming films is all about the star-studded remake of The Great Gatsby.  The original book, first published in 1925, was written by  F. Scott Fitzgerald and remains one of the most iconic pieces of 20th Century literature.  The story was adapted for the big screen in 1926 (now considered a Silent Era “lost film”), 1949 and 1974.  The up and coming remake by Baz Luhrmann promises to be the most lavish and visually stunning interpretation to date.

Naturally, a film with this much hype is sure to inspire the fashion world.  There has already been a distinct twenties influence in many S/S collections from this year that is carrying through to F/W.  In Vancouver, there has been a strong flapper-era influence going on with the popular Art Deco Chic exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver, attracting people from all different ends of the fashion spectrum.  Furthermore, this Autumn we will see the return of the amazing 20s mobster drama, Boardwalk Empire.

The 1920s was an era of glamour and decadence, however not an easy one to pull off in modern times without looking too “costumey”.  Here are some examples of the 20s look interpreted in different ways:

Imitation of Christ S/S 2012 (via

Gucci S/S 2012 (via

NAHM F/W 2012 (via

Tadashi Shoji F/W 2012 (via


Twenties style maven, Sarah Sophie Flicker (via

1920s-inspired dress from the 1960s in our Etsy shop

Details include things such as strong eye makeup, straight silhouettes with dropped waistlines, fringe, intricate detailing such as bead work, lace, and seam work, and beaded/rhinestone head and hair pieces.

What do you think about the 1920s-inspired fashion trend? Is it something you would consider adding to your wardrobe or do you dress with a 20s flair on a regular basis?

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