"The Great Gatsby" FashionRevelers zoom across the bridge into New York City sipping champagne and boasting fabulous outfits from tailored suits to flamboyant hats to chic hues. Fashion of the 1920s was influenced by the surrealist movement. Clothing featured geometric patterns featured in art deco.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionThis partying scene shows an array of 1920s styles melding in a kaleidoscope of fantastical lavishness.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionSleeveless, sparkling dresses were the flashiest way for 1920s women to show off their figures. Most dresses had drop-waists and boyish silhouettes, but the sleeveless cut added that extra bit of sexiness. Dark lipstick was another nighttime staple. This trend made a major comeback at the Met Gala this year.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionIn the 1920s, dangling earrings and pearls were particularly popular. Opalescent pearls and other precious stones were worn in ropes at varying lengths on the female body, reported Vanity Fair. Head garments and brooches were also must-have accessories.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionThe headband, bandeau, or aigrette was worn against the forehead by women in the 1920s rather than at the top of the head at the hairline. These headbands contrasted the diadems and formal tiaras from the Victorian and Belle Epoque eras, according to Vanity Fair.
"The Great Gatsby" Fashion“Once Delilah emasculated Sampson by cutting his hair. Today, she believes she can make herself virile by cutting hers,” French author Victor Margueritte in wrote in his 1922 novel, "La garconne." Short haircuts subsequently became all the rage amongst women in the 1920s, according to Vanity Fair. Women styled this haircut in "marcel waves" or "finger waves."
"The Great Gatsby" FashionCloche hats, tucked tightly onto the head, were the ideal accessory to flatter a short hairdo. This look was very athletics but also quite chic. Women typically wore these hats pulled down firmly on their heads, covering their eyes. They had to walk in a specific way, with the head tilted at a certain angle, so as to see.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionWomen's fashion transformed after WWI. The women's rights movement motivated ladies to adopt ensembles that portrayed a more boyish figure. Confined corsets were discarded. Dresses had looser fits, drop waists and shorter hems
"The Great Gatsby" FashionClean makeup was en vogue during the 1920s. Women flaunted dark, strong eyebrows, smooth porcelain skin (fair skin, that is) and softly defined lips. For nighttime, women would opt for a more dramatic look -- dark eye shadow and dark lipstick. Ox blood lipstick was all the rage while blush was rarely used.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionMenswear in the 1920s went through two phases. The first phase consisted of short suit jackets for day and long tail coats for evening. Trousers were narrow and never tapered. The second phase consisted of wider trousers and lapels. Men wore double-breasted vests with single-breasted jackets. In the 1920s, men also began to wear athletic clothing for the first time.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionHead turbans were the popular athletic wear of the day. Women would flaunt this accessory on casual afternoons or on the tennis court. Daisy wears her patterned scarf as a headband.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionFringe was a staple on flashy 1920s attire. Here, showgirls dance in glittering fringe bra tops and micro-mini skirts.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionStylish women opted for fur wraps or coats with fur collars in the 1920s. Here, Carey Mulligan holds a purple fur shawl that she paired with her glittering evening dress.
"The Great Gatsby" FashionThe 1920s was the first decade when women started baring their skin. Arms were shown during the day as well as during the evening. Legs might be covered in beige tights but females were more comfortable with showing some skin during this era.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning -- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Decadence, revelry, love and hopelessness, the themes of The Great Gatsby are surely some of the most memorable in American literature. Now, the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel-turned-film has been re-adapted once again. The Baz Luhrmann-directed film stars the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan), Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Isla Fisher (Myrtle Wilson).
The Great Gatsby official trailer was released on Wednesday and viewers were swept up in a whirlwind and thrust back to New York City in 1922, when the buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper. New York's upper crust became so sated the restlessness approached hysteria.
The trailer opens with carousers zooming across a bridge into the city, laughing and drinking glasses of champagne, as Jay-Z and Kanye West's No Church in the WIld plays in the background.
When it was announced that The Great Gatsby was being remade, starring Carey Mulligan and featuring model Gemma Ward, the fashion world squealed. Catherine Martin is the costume designer at the helm of the revamped classic. She has worked on other films like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. Esquire's Kurt Soller is betting The Great Gatsby will be the most stylist movie ever, changing the way we think about period movie costumes.
At its core, Gatsby is is a story about clothes, about the wealth and power the right ones can suggest, even if the wardrobe is actually nothing more than a cipher or, more accurately, a disguise. There are waiters in white dinner jackets, and lots of black tuxedo trousers. There's one outfit that appears throughout much of the trailer where Leo DiCaprio, as the man himself, wears a white vest, a slate shirt, and a rust tie that looks dusty and deco all at once. It's beautiful, and so are the other garments briefly revealed in these less-than-three-minutes. Apparently, James Gatz prefers vests almost as much as flappers in tight, spangled, dresses, wrote Soller.
Carey Mulligan herself is a fashion-world darling. The 26-year-old is the unofficial muse of Prada and has a milky beauty perfect for a 1920s motif. Carey Mulligan is the perfect Daisy, clad in an array of flapper dresses, furs and, most importantly, barrettes and bedazzled headpieces that do the time period justice, wrote Fashionista.
Here are the most fashionable moments from The Great Gatsby trailer.
*Specifics about 1920s fashion contained in this article come from Vanity Fair's piece on Roaring 20s fashion. Click here to read the full article.