Not all the time you understand, but it’s fun to draw inspiration sometimes from a certain style icon. . . today: the flapper. You need:
- long necklaces
- some sparkle
- some kind of fabulous close-to-the-scalp hat, or perhaps a feather.
That’s it! A short, straight dress helps too. Mamacella sewed me a flapper dress for Halloween when I was three or four years old, using a slip and rows of white fringe, and it was my favorite! Mom, do you have a picture of that?
Here are a few of my more recent attempts:
We subscribe to a handful of magazines. . . one of them is Vogue. . . Israel’s Christmas gift to me, to satisfy a visual need I have, and I like to pretend I’m high fashion sometimes. Unless it’s too early in the morning, getting dressed can be such a creative outlet. . . especially when you don’t have money to buy new clothes and have to “shop your closet.” (How sick are you of seeing that phrase in all these recession fashion/lifestyle articles the past couple years? Oh, you haven’t seen it? You’re too good to read fashion/lifestyle articles?? Well it’s there and it’s depressing! And now I’ve used it myself!)
So Vogue recently drew my attention to an exhibit at the Met in NYC called American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, which runs through August 15th. (I can’t believe I’m going to miss it! Please go if you possibly can!) Fortunately, they’ve provided video. . . some of these dresses are so fabulous I don’t know what to do with myself.
The exhibit documents several archetypal American women, 1890s through 1930s: The Heiress, The Gibson Girl, The Bohemian, The Patriot and the Suffragist, The Flapper, The Screen Siren. (I liked seeing how they interpreted the mannequins’ hair and headpieces!)
Though this post has been about channeling the Flapper, I think most often I love the Screen Siren of the 30s. Which do you feel like being today??