The Great Gatsby

by chief princess

Fabulous hat by Behida Dolic.

Fabulous hat by Behida Dolic
available on Etsy

Looks like The Great Gatsby movie will finally appear in theatres.  I loved the book and I’m looking forward to the movie. The 1920s, was a time of prosperity and huge social shifts in America.  Jazz came into being. Flappers redefined social norms.  Cars sped up transportation. Basically, everything changed.

While there were so many changes in the 1920s, I’ll be paying special attention to the fashion.  But being a Flapper was about more than having short hair and wearing straight dresses.  A Flapper was a ”new breed” of woman that flaunted a disdain for acceptable behavior as defined by the Victorian Era. At the start of the movement, Flappers were considered outlandish. They were a challenge to established traditions. To fully appreciate the fashion impact, I like to juxtapose polite Victorian society’s need to cover the legs of a table with 1920s girls wearing dresses above the knee. Quelle horreur!

Another important fashion statement of the 1920s was the cloche hat, a form-fitting hat that flared at the bottom. We’ve all seen the pictures of this style of hat even if we didn’t know what it was called.  The shape is reminiscent of a bell, hence the name.  (Cloche is French for bell.)  The hat was invented by French milliner Caroline Reboux, who would place a felt on a customer’s head and cut and fold until a hat emerged.

The cloche is a fabulous style that still works today. If you’re looking for one, you’ll want to discover B’s Hats in Hudson, New York. Milliner Behida Dolic, is a master at creating delightfully fashionable cloche hats that feel modern and timeless.  If Hudson is too far out of your travels, you can always order one on Etsy.

Perhaps I’m looking forward to the movie so much because I see parallels with what we are going through today.  Facebook, iphones and gay marriage are huge technological and social shifts. However, day-to-day existence minimizes the degree of shift that we perceive and sometimes it takes a book or a movie to make us stop and think. What is your favorite thing about the 1920s?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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