I have a confession: I don’t much like the 1920’s. It just doesn’t speak to me. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I don’t care for the fashions, mainly due to the drop waists so prevalent at the time. But I love Art Deco, especially when it comes to certain pieces of furniture and architecture.
As I was researching the style of the 1920’s I noticed there was quite a bit of modern fashion that has been interpreted through the aesthetic of the 1920’s. I am guessing this is mainly due to the popularity of The Great Gatsby movie. Actually I saw a lot more flapper inspired fashion earlier in the year, right when the movie came out. Now the trend is dying out. But of course there will always be garments reminiscent of the decade, you just have to know what to look for.
As I mentioned before, a dropped waist is the most significant symbol of the 1920’s, at least where fashion is concerned. Women were starting to loosen their corsets, both figuratively and literally and with this freedom, the hourglass shape was lost. This is the main reason I don’t like the fashions of this decade- I just don’t look good in a drop waist. But as I was looking at all the gorgeous gowns the ladies of the period wore, I definitely got inspired by some of their garments. For example the sweater I am wearing (here) is from Anthropologie, but if you look at sweaters in the ’20’s you will see there is a similarity in the cut- long bell sleeves and the hem ends around the thighs. Though a straighter skirt would have been more appropriate for a true Deco look, I didn’t have any in my wardrobe, so I settled for a fuller skirt.
Though I don’t prefer the clothing of the 1920’s, the accessories are fantastic! I mean check out those shoes (here)! If those aren’t reminiscent of Gatsby, I don’t know what is!
Seriously, aren’t they gorgeous?
One of the cooler aspects to living in Los Angeles, is even though we don’t have much history, the history we do have is very glamorous! We still have quite a few stunning examples of Art Deco buildings, including this one which is in the city of Burbank and was built for and is still used as their city hall.
I thought it would be fun to do this photo shoot in a location that was reminiscent of the 1920’s and this building exceeded all of my expectations.
As I was taking photos a man asked if I would like to see the not open to the public mural located in the chambers. Um, yes!
Isn’t it glorious? It had recently been restored and was just breathtaking to behold.
I end this post with a look-book full of modern garments that I think have a similar style to the fashion of the 1920’s. I attempted to organize it by outfits, so you can see how I would put together an ensemble using Deco components to look vintage and glamorous but not costumey.
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