The Great-Gatsby is a classic American novel written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. While there have been many adaptations throughout the years, we draw inspiration by the release of the movie this week.
The book explores the life of a young millionaire, Jay Gatsby, in love with Daisy Buchanan, living a life of extravagance and decadence.
As the film and novel is based in the 1920’s, we wanted to take inspiration from the fashion in that era but transcend it into a more current statement.
The 1920’s were the most noticeable decade in which fashion entered the modern era; it’s the era famous for the boyish figure and the famous “flapper” looks. Women wore dresses a little over the knee, featuring bows or artificial flowers at the waist, or short skirts with pleats or slits to allow movement. Evening gowns were usually in satin or velvet and embellished with beads, rhinestones or fringe detail usually longer than the everyday dresses worn today. Women also drastically cut their hair short and neat with hats and jeweled headbands to add to the fine detail.
In an ideal 1920’s world, we would have cut Elena’s hair and found an indoor 20’s inspired space to shoot…but neither of those were possible and so we made the best of it.
Our interpretation features a long dress with fine, flower-like crochet detail around the waist. The straight line and cut of the dress replicates the boyish style predominant in the specific era allowing flow as opposed to a clinched in waist.