Every year around the time my birthday comes up, I tend to look back and take stock of the past year(s). Even though I tend to live in the present and in the moment, these retrospective moments help me to learn from past mistakes. They also allow me to appreciate the good things in my life and get inspired by past events and achievements.
In a similar way, I like to look back at fashion from different eras sometimes and get inspired by them. I would borrow from them and put a modern twist on it. To celebrate my birthday month, I will be publishing a special series of posts during the coming weeks featuring my favorite fashion periods. Today, we’re kicking off with the 1920s, my favorite of all times.
Way before roaring twenties became the leitmotif of prom nights and before Leonardo became Gatsby, I must have done several apparitions to the era of the flappers, silent movies, prohibition and consumerism. The credit is due to F. Scott Fitzgerald. He ensnared me with the effervescent Daisy, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and the fierce vitality of Myrtle Wilson. With all of these characters in mind, I have always imagined the 1920s to be brave and modern, empowering and emancipating, and glamorous. Probably because there was a sense of awakening as peace returned to the world in the aftermath of World War I.
Women also became fearless with their fashion statement. Skirts became shorter and made art deco influenced shoes more visible. Accessorizing became a norm. It was a mix of everything from stockings, to cloche and turban hats, and layers of pearls. The nights were never dull, and glamour filled the days equally. Indeed, it was a colorful decade that still resonates among generations, even to those who never experienced it.
Today, 1920s inspired styling can be seen on the runways, TV shows, and even music videos. To name a few: the Torry Burch’s 2012 collection of tiered skirts, Downtown Abbey, and T.Swift’s attire in Blank Space resembling Daisy Buchanan, all beautifully pay homage to the era of glamour.