Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is nearly here and already inundating us with the glamour of flapper-era fashion. I have made no secret of my love for Chanel and her contribution to change in women’s fashion. As she said, “A girl should be two things; Classy and fabulous.” I also recently divulged my adoration for the cloche. Needless to say the 20s is my era.
So what is it about the spirit of the roaring twenties, jazz age, or as the French say “années folles (crazy years) that beckons me, you ask?
Well simply put “girl power”. It was an era of women rebelling against social constraints; freeing their restrained corseted figures from bondage, ditching the high necklines for free flowing styles and a casual ease, and cutting their hair. All this while still maintaining a sense of femininity and glamour. Come on! Women earned the right to vote. What’s not to love?
Elsa Schiaparelli wrote the ancient Greeks “gave to their goddesses… the serenity of perfection and the fabulous appearance of freedom.” I believe that is what the 20’s did, freed woman from the constraints of dress yet still let the goddess below radiate.
It was an artistic time teeming with jazz music, flapper styles, dancing, gin, speakeasies and Art Deco. Even Mickey Mouse was born in the 20s.
Now I do think an argument could be made drawing a parallel between the roaring twenties and the story of Sodom & Gomorrah. A thesis written on a time of great excess leading to divine judgment (Wall Street Crash of 1929) and then subsequent era of the Great Depression (God’s Wrath). But I leave that to the theologians and scholars to suss out on their own.
and a little something Extra~ a Great article on how to wear hats in case you’re inspired.