Most of my research is based off of my favorite time piece movies! Some Edwardian Era movies I love are Coco Before Chanel, Howard’s End, Jayne Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, and My Fair Lady!These movies made me fall in love with this era of fashion and began my obsession with hats and hunting them down! And why I have an entire room dedicated to them!
Growing up on movies like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, High Society, Designing Women, To Catch a Thief, and Pillow Talk, it was so easy to fall in love with this era as well as dress it! From thrift store hunts to finding those classic fit and flate silhouettes in modern stores, this for me was the easiest fashion era to emulate! Who doesn’t see old photos of Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly without wanting to dress with such glamour and class!?
But recently I found myself researching a new fashion era. All because of a flyer for my husband’s Christmas work party. “The Great Gatsby Christmas Party!” It says. At first I admit to being a bit disappointed, I don’t think Christmas cheer when I think of the book The Great Gatsby! If anything I think of the sad depressing story. So after my momentary sulk fest, I decided to do some research! I mean after all, the 1920s was the era of luxurious automobiles, this is one of my favorite eras because of this! If you’re not familiar with the cars of this time, or a motorhead like me, you should look up a Bentley Speed Six and tell me that’s not one of the sexiest cars you’ve ever seen! Anyway off topic… so I decided to look up fashion of the roaring 20s, and boy I was not disappointed!
Some of my favorite shows I had neglected to pay attention to the fashion not realizing they were in this era! Like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, and Boardwalk Empire. I think part of the reason I didn’t give much thought or attention to this time of fashion because I did not believe it suited my frame, afterall this was an era were looser fitting clothes, giving a more boyish figure with straight down fabrics or wearing men’s style suits. But the more I actually looked at the styles the more I realized it wasn’t about emphasizing a women’s figure, but giving her freedom instead! More movement and stepping away from the confinement of cinched waists and layers of garments. This was the beginning of famous fashion designers and the influence of art in fashion. With all I am learning the more I think I will want to explore with my own vintage inspired wardrobe! That’s the fun part about fashion history to me! There is so much to learn and finding ways to incorporate in my daily outfits, because you’re never too old to play dress up!