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The 1920’s a decade of bootlegging, Chanel, Paul Poiret, short hair for women, red lipstick, Jazz, Art Deco….these are the images conjured up in my mind when I think of this time period. There is so much in our culture now that showcases this zeitgeist.Such as the very popular HBO series Empire Boardwalk and the utterly addictive Dowtown Abbey.
Dowtown Abbey is an amazing show featured on PBS. The costumes designed by, Susannah Buxton, are to die for and the story plot is inventive, unique and enraptured. Most of us couldn’t get enough and now we have waited all year for Season 3 to come out this January in the US! The time can’t come quick enough. Yes the series starts in 1914- but it is interesting to see how the costumes lead up and into the 1920’s…
Here is a quote from Susannah regarding the dress before and during this time period:
“We had moved into a period when there was less emphasis on decoration and more on the cut and the line of the dresses,” says Buxton. “Things got simpler because they had to.”
There was not as much sumptuous fabric as before,” she explains, adding, “The upper classes definitely carried on in the evenings behind closed doors in all their riches. But it would not have done for them to show their wealth publicly in that era.
There is also, the highly anticipated new adaptation of the movie ” The Great Gatsby” that was due out in December, word is the movie is now scheduled to make its debut in May 2013. Catherine Martin (who is also Luhrmann’s wife), has collaborated with Miuccia to create Twenties-style gowns for actresses in the picture, choosing 40 dresses from both the Prada and Miu Miu archives to be adapted for the film.
Not to worry though, two NYC department stores are celebrating the 1920’s with their creative christmas window displays Bergdorf Goodman’s theme is ” The Jazz Age”.
And Henri Bendel’s theme is ” Deco the Halls”.
Personally, I think a holiday party themed 1920’s chic is in order!