“That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
– Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
It was the era of Al Capone, speakeasies and prohibition of alcohol in the US but the 1920s also saw a new turning point for women and fashion that is still inspiring us all today. Thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s screen version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, last summer we saw sequins, embellishment and lace all over the high street, with no signs of them disappearing. Miss Selfridge, for example, have some beautiful vintage-inspired pieces in their SS14 campaign.
Girly, frivolous and somewhat rebellious, hemlines rose, the corset was discarded and hairstyles became more masculine with the faithful bob coming into fashion. Despite being an age of ‘restriction,’ in one sense, women were becoming more free than ever.
Coincidentally, it was International Women’s Day on Saturday so an even more fitting occasion for the Prohibition 1920s party at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, near Holborn. Donning our best glitzy gladrags (FYI: Dress- Topshop, Shoes- Ebay, Jewellery- Accessorize) we were treated to an awesome evening of cocktails in china teacups, gambling, a live band and a burlesque performer.
It made such a nice alternative from our usual nights out and allowed us to go a little bit OTT with our outfits. Despite my shoes nearly killing me (yes…I even danced barefoot at one point) it was so much fun and it actually felt like we’d gone back in time! Maybe it was the Gin cocktails…
If you fancy something different from the norm and you wanna unleash your inner Daisy Buchanan, keep checking the Prohibition website for further details and for inspo, check out my Gatsby themed mood board here on Pinterest.