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Fearless, flapper fashion: back to the roaring 1920s

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 13, 2014 20:14 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Jazz-infused glitz, breezy silhouettes and fragrant pearls — yes, we're talking about the romantic fashion of the 1920s. Australian designer Catherine Martin's Oscar win for the costume design for The Great Gatsby, at the recently held 86th Academy Awards, has left us reminiscing the era of fearless fashion.

Oxford Dictionary defines flapper as 'a fashionable young woman in the 1920s, intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behaviour.' And that's what the glamour in the cinematic adaptation of author F Scott Fitzgerald's novel was all about — plume head gears, chemise, drop-waist dresses and sexy opera gloves. So, be inspired by 1920s, when flounce gave way to straight-fit and ringlets to perfect bobs.

Style it right
Take inspiration from celebs who continue to indulge in the era. Pick faux fur capelets, your grandmother's vintage string of pearls, and give a twist to your 1950s halo band or a maang-teeka to create party headgear. The flapper culture is associated with a freedom that is innate in fashion, so, don't be afraid to experiment. Indulge in sequins, spangles and paillette like no one’s business. Bring back the roaring '20s.

Sytle cinemascope
The 2013 film has actors Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher looking '20s perfect in designer Catherine Martin's costumes. Martin, wife of the director of The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann, also designed the sets for the film, for which she won another Oscar. The film also saw a collaboration with luxe jewellery label Tiffany & Co and designer Miuccia Prada.


Style glossary
OPERA GLOVES: Typically elbow-length gloves. From lacy to smooth satin, explore their versatility with punk-perfect cut-outs.
FLAPPER DRESSES: Those worn by the flapper girls of the '20s. Loose and breezy silhouettes, sequined and fearlessly glam.
SHOE CLIPS: Bejewelled additions to your footwear. DIY with an old brooch and glue-stick to the centre of your black mules.
FINGER WAVES: Pressed, finger-thin retro waves, a signature fringe style to go with sexy bobbed hair.
ROBE DE STYLE: A variant of the straight- fit flapper slip dress, defined by a fuller skirt and addition of more flounce.
BOATER HAT: Fedora-style flat hat. If you are not into bands and headbling, this one's a cute brunch-perfect option.
CLOCHE HAT: Felt hats that make for flapper-style evening wear with big, fascinator-style adornments.


Modern inspiration
Katy Perry went all-out flapper with her négligée-style dress and a stylish headband. Model Cara Delevingne also entwined fearless fashion with the chutzpah of 1920s with her sheer and lacy affair with the neckline, stark make-up and signature bold brows. We also love Jacqueline Fernandez’s take on the turban, in true experimental, flapper spirit.