The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922. Set after the first World War, the novel shows how society had changed and became a world more focused on prosperity and socializing. It was the "roaring 20s" and a party full of flappers and hooch could be guaranteed on any given night. Though it was printed in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby also experienced a re-printing in the 1940s and 1950s. It is highly regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel and has become a standard text in American pedagogy.
In its movie adaptation; the 1974 version directed by Jack Clayton, the lives of Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan hit the screen in a big way with bright vivid colors that not only characterized the gay and loose lives of the 1920s millionaire, but also enhanced the gossamer lightness of the newly liberated flapper. Complete with her sheer drop waist chemise dress, cloche, and bobbed hair, the flapper was the new picture of liberated American femme. She was full of party and delight, with a cocktail in the left hand and cigarette in the right. And let us not forget the dapper young men of the 20s and their "sporting" coat and slacks. It is said that menswear truly became modern in those days and that the sport jacket as we know it today is but a mere off spring of the 20s version.
The Great Gatsby has been adapted in film 6 times and will have one more run of the same in Baz Luhrman's 2012 rendering, but the 1974 version starring Sam Watterson, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, and Robert Redford is my ultimate fashion favorite. Below are a few collected stills from the film.
As we get closer to the end of the year, a number of our shopping trips will include selections from this era, so watch out for more 1920s fashion from Twirl Vintage Co. in 2012!
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.