Styling and set design: Esther Boller
The Great Gatsby will always be one of my favorite books. Fitzgerald's books are so clearly written and there's such a high level of beauty in his words. I've always been inspired by characters in books/movies, and as I've written before, Gatsby is an inspiration I always go back to. There's something so whimsical and soft about the of the clothing in that era. It feels more theatrical and special and I swoon over it all. I've slowly been collecting pieces here and there that nod back to that era, though I can't afford the real deal.
While this dress isn't a true 1920s piece, it's a vintage Guess dress that I scored at Goodwill on 50% off day. That was a triumphant thrift day. I made my headband to complete my look which was very simple. I just cut out a piece of applique from a beaded dress that I also bought at goodwill. I always buy beaded items when I can to cut up for the beads. It's a lot cheaper and better quality of beads than buying from craft stores (always wait for the 50% off days though). Once my shape was cut, I then ironed a piece of heavy fusible interfacing onto the back. This makes the applique super firm. Then I stitched a piece of ribbon onto the back and magic - we're in the 20s.
Headband: DIY, Dress: Vintage Guess, Shoes: JC Penny, Necklace: H&M sale.