Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Great Gatsby

I am looking forward to the December 2012 release of the movie The Great Gatsby, based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald whose works were most evocative of the Jazz Age in 1920s America.  The Great Gatsby was first published in 1925 when the American economy soared. It was also a time of the flapper girls, a new breed of woman who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, smoked, drove cars and had a great disregard for the social and sexual norms of the times. The Jazz Age was a period of great emancipation and the Great Gatsby is a novel that captured the mood and colour of this era most vividly.
At the centre of the story are Jake Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan, a lady whom he met while he was a young officer in World War 1. In the 1974 edition of The Great Gatsby, Jake was played by Robert Redford and Daisy by Mia Farrow while in the 2012 updated version by Baz Luhrmann, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the lead roles.
Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby 1974

The doe eyed Mia Farrow as Daisy in The Great Gatsby (1974)

Carey Mulligan in beautiful white lace for the 2012 version of The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DeCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the upcoming version of The Great Gatsby

I love the fashion of the roaring 20's , the hats and the dropped waist dresses plus chains of pearls and accessories. Looking back, it definitely had an effect on my wedding dress design including my hat. I remembered back in 1974, I was enarmoured by the white vision of Mia Farrow and Robert Redford  on magazine covers and today, I can't wait for the new movie. Hopefully, it might influence the fashion of the season again.

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