How to Get the Great Gatsby Look

This weekend at the Love Vintage Show in Melbourne there was a session on how to get the Great Gatsby Look. So you know I had to attend! Which means photos for you!

It was actually pretty interesting because the ladies doing the demonstration provided a fair bit of information regarding make-up and hair styles of the times. As for make-up they suggested that things weren’t that different in the 20s than now in that thanks to the advent of moving pictures the silver screen provided a huge influence. One thing that I found particularly interesting was that the lipstick of choice at the time was actually a very dark purple colour. Predominately because in the black and films the actresses used a dark purple lipstick to enhance their lips, and it was available. This later mellowed to red and in doing a modern-day version of The Great Gatsby, red is the preferred colour choice.

Other things with make-up were that because the actresses went with dark smokey eyes and very pronounced/defined eyebrows for film, that was the look that was embraced by the public.

It was also pretty interesting to hear that most women of the time didn’t actually cut their hair. It wouldn’t have been fully acceptable to do so. What they did do was figure out how to wear their hair so that it did look short rather than the more extravagant up-dos of the Edwardian period. Which meant a lot of rolling and pinning hair under.

For this demonstration and a more modern spin they left a section of the models hair loose at the front on the left and then started doing a french braid from the right side. When they got to the section of the hair that had been separated they rolled up the ends of the braid and pinned it in a big curl. Then rolled and pinned the loose section in a similar manner. you can see from the photos that the model had long hair but in the finished look has an adorable short do.

Finishing touches were a modern beaded dress, a vintage stole and a peacock headband.

Now that is how to get the Great Gatsby look and be fabulous!



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Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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