Fashion in the time of The Great Gatsby

Fashion in the time of The Great Gatsby

LaLonnie Lehman

Language: English

Pages: 34


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Great Gatsby is that rare classic that inescapably defines the age from which it sprang: the Roaring ‘20s, an era of economic boom, stylish excess and above all an explosion of new and exciting fashions. This book chronicles the sparkling spectacle of Jazz Age fashion as it moves from the corseted world of the 1910s to flapper dresses, fedoras and bejeweled headbands. Illustrated with period photographs, designer sketches and key excerpts from The Great Gatsby novel, the book fully captures the style and glamour of the age of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Miller.  It spans the entire wardrobe of both men and women, including day and evening wear, accessories, casual attire and “fads” like smoking jackets, tiaras and cigarette holders.

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disillusion and alienation to most of the youth of America. By the 1920s, they were choosing to ignore the problems of the country and live for the moment instead of the future. These young people became the focus of attention when they adopted a cynical, romantic attitude toward life and embraced new ideas. “Youthful” was the new byword for America. Coupled with the affluence of America during the 1920s, the new attitudes led to the increased consumption of goods and the establishment of

peaked lapels faced with satin or grosgrain. A set of three decorative buttons was placed at an angle on the front from the waistline toward the shoulder. A breast pocket held a white silk square. There was a seam at the waistline from which tails in the back extended to the break of the knee. A white pique vest, single- or double-breasted, with a low rounded cut was closed with pearl or pique-covered buttons and dipped below the front edge of the coat. A white stiff-front shirt, with a stiff

that fit tightly to the head and flared around the face with various brim treatments, including the turned-up brim and short brim that angled down toward the face. It was made of lightweight felt, straw or fabric and was stabilized with grosgrain ribbon on the inside or outside of the hat. Fashion details were accomplished by manipulating the material used into folds, pleats and tucks and decorating the hat with ribbons, feathers, flowers, fur or jewels. This high-crown cloche hat is made of

desired commodity—by the late 1920s more than 20 million cars had been registered. This automobile, a 1929 Pierce Arrow Coupe with a rumble seat, represents the luxury cars that were owned by wealthy Americans. Most people could purchase an automobile. The rich bought Packard, Pierce Arrow, Stutz, Cadillac, and Chrysler cars that were beautifully designed, colorful, powerful and expensive, indicating high social status. Very expensive imported automobiles came from Belgium, France, and

Germany. The less wealthy bought the cheapest—the black utility Model T produced by Henry Ford. Charles Lindbergh, working on The Spirit of St. Louis in c. 1927. Information was readily available to the American public and brought commonality to all levels of society. Newspapers and magazines, with their flashy headlines and color illustrations, fueled the American public’s interest in events such as the visit of the Prince ofWales (later EdwardVIII) to the United States, Amelia Earhart’s and

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