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Reel to Real: The Great Gatsby

The Lost Generation of the 1920s came about at a time of great social upheaval – and great new fashions.

Western society saw the decimation of its youth as a result of World War I. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and young people who faced the loss of friends, family, and loved ones reacted by embracing fast, flashy lifestyles in an effort to live life to the fullest. At that time, the modernist movement was born and F. Scott Fitzgerald was its favorite son. The Great Gatsby, his tale of decadence, betrayal, and lust, has made a lasting impression on all that encounter it.

It is befitting, at a time when the youth of today are echoing the rebellion of the Lost Generation, that Hollywood has seen fit to re-adapt The Great Gatsby, this time with slick, high-tech cinematography at the hands of Baz Luhrmann. With Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy, the Gatsby tale has never been more handsome or compelling. Our fixation on the fashions of the film comes as no surprise as the cast members are featured in dazzling Art Deco jewelry, drop-waist flapper dresses, and sweet little pixie haircuts. As art imitates life, so fashion mimics film. Read on for how this film is influencing and informing the runway’s top current trends.


compiled by CAMILLE MACAWILI|written by GRACE GORDON

-May 16, 2013

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