For any Young Thing wishing to add Bright to their attributes, vintage fashion is an indispensable tool to achieving a spellbinding look that transcends wealth, social class and the limits mainstream fashion can set upon an individual: conventional men’s fashion is extremely limited in terms of colour and style, and women’s fashion can exclude certain body shapes or not cater well for a certain demographic.
Stepping out in an outfit of dazzling hand-sourced couture, the most complimented ensemble a party has ever known, flashbulb-ready, channelling a stadium full of 20th century screen goddesses, is something that is priceless.
Priceless because anything a person wears can be lost, damaged or get covered in brown sauce, and that obviously means that little something bought for thousands basically loses all value as soon as it’s put in your wardrobe and the tags are removed.
That is, if your clothes are a lifelong investment and you don’t plan on flogging them to the hungry clickers of eBay et. al.
A discerning eye and patient temperament can offer a sense of style that is not only wholly unique, but one full of history, an outfit full of delightful anecdotes of where it was bought, which era it’s from, who owned it before and the often fateful coordination of an otherwise uncoordinate-able (?) article.
Offer your gaze to the fashion plates of decades gone by for clues on how to wear it as the fashion Gods intended, and look at another fashion plate, and another, and another.
Look to film, look to TV, look to literature.
Merely owning a pair of gloves or a hat or scarf will not a dynamite look maketh: research to your hearts content and channel the genius of the past and be a genius of the present.
Learn how she holds her evening bag, for it is a known fact that a woman do carryan evening bag at dinner time. If the bag goes under the arm, the hand is outstretched. Naturally, this is where the gloves will be held.
Subtle details may be lost on many, but the full picture will be beautiful to all.
The subtleties will always be noticed, whether you know it or not.
1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs
Anyone with a fleeting interesting in vintage fashion knows what the 1920s represent: a non-stop party of laughing; thin young ladies and gentlemen slurping cocktails in the finest evening wear, their driver’s horn yelping “ahooga!” as they go to the next dance to show off their moves to the latest jazz tracks of the age.
The fashion of the 1920s is heralded as the birth of modern fashion, and it is a fascinating decade as the freedom and fun the surrounding media promoted was made much more possible with the loose fitting gowns and menswear-inspired tailoring: out goes the fussy detailing of the Edwardian Age!
It also even more interesting, as it is a small interlude of fashion liberalism, wedged between the conservative 1910s and the conservative 1930s. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 meant fashion commentators thought the vibrant styles of the past decade to be vulgar, flashy, and unbefitting of an age of economic hardship. The move away from drop waists, the boyish hairstyles of la garçonne, and a return to traditional, conservative ideals of femininity seemed to arrive in a blink of an eye. The cloche remained briefly, but the waist and hemline soon returned to its ‘appropriate’ position and the straight down, androgynous look, a reaction against corseting, was pushed back to the style of 15 years before. As the 1930s approached the 1940s, the styles indeed became more heavily influenced by the fashions of the Victorian era, the demure, look-but-don’t-you-touch style of glamour entering mainstream fashion once again, immortalised by the la sortie of Christian Dior’s New Look, heavily inspired by the corseted tailoring of the 1870s and 1880s.
The use of ‘scenes’ to contextualise the outfits and the historical golden nuggets provided on the dress descriptions is perfect.
Explaining the Jazz Age in a London setting provides that much necessary bridge between the black and white romance of the past and the current day we live in.