I styled this piece in the spirit of opulence and extravagance. From my fur to her jewelry, to know the 20’s is to know the finest indulgences in life. The women of the 20’s had a style to the way they did almost everything. As Mae West put it, “It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.” The fashion from the era is all-encompassing. Fur, feathers, and beaded embellishments. Jewelry stacked strand upon strand about the neck, wrists, and even draped about the hair. No detail was left unattended to. No opportunity for exorbitant display of wealth was missed.
The frivolity and excess of the era stretches past fashion into Art and Architectural Design. We chose to shoot this piece just blocks away from two of the most infamous skyscrapers built in the 1920’s time period. Both The Chrysler Building and The Empire State Building reflect the decorative design and ornate detailing typical of the Art Deco Era. The beauty and grandeur can be seen in the backdrop of many of the photos below.
So you be Tom and I’ll be Daisy, because we really are no different than those that lived in the opulence of the 20’s. We waste, we destroy, and we enjoy a lifestyle bought with the currency of inflation, taxed with the inevitable suffering that comes with the fall. Gatsby represents many things, but his biggest lesson is his reminder of mortality. It is this cyclical quality of rise and fall, live and die that Fitzgerald so perfectly summarizes in the famous last lines of the book:
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us… So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
The hair piece, jewelry, and beaded purse (a Christmas gift from my fabulous Mother) are all vintage.
The shoe is by Stuart Weitzman. I find that open-toe sandals are the perfect alternative to the T-Strap typical of the 1920’s. If you lack a T-Strap or if you are just wanting to give your 20’s look a modern twist, opting for a be-jeweled open-toe sandal is a sure bet.
On Alyona, I layered a sheer dress over a drop-waist slip. Her accessories include a beautiful headpiece draped with-in her hair. While I purchased this one in India, similar styles of jewelry meant to be worn in the hair were popular in the Gatsby Era. Who can miss the diamond-encrusted version made by Tiffany and Co. for Carey Mulligan in the most recent Great Gatsby film?
On Ginger (Blonde):
Dress: (Top) , Skirt: Jill Stuart (Layered Underneath), Fur: Vintage, Earrings: (top) Vintage, (Bottom) Unknown from The W Boutique, Headpiece: Vintage, Shoe: Stuart Weitzman
On Alyona (Brunette):
Dress: (Top) Vintage, (Layered Underneath) Vintage, Headpiece: Traditional Indian Piece from Mumbai Street Market, Necklaces: (Top) Forever 21, (Bottom) Vintage, Belt: Unmarked from W Boutique, Parasol: Vintage, Purse: From Indian Street Market in Mumbai, Shoes: Unmarked
Photography by Chris Knight, www.ChrisKnightPhoto.com
Styling by Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com