Waiting impatiently for the premiere of The Great Gatsby May 10th 2013. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel that follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick during the height of the ‘Roaring Twenties’.
This was the first time that women wore short dresses so shoes and stockings, for fashion not warmth, were super important. Accessories in the 1920’s simply demonstrated your wealth. Stockings came in all sorts of geometric patterns, checks, stripes, polka dots, bows and zig zags, there were prints on the knees, art deco images, dragons and butterflies. If you weren’t daring enough to wear patterned stockings then coloured stockings to match your dress would suffice. All stockings were thigh high and made from silk, wool, cotton or synthetic rayon (ladies powdered down the rayon version to make them more matte). Back seams were sewn using decorative thread in metallic or contrasting colours up the back or sides. Stockings were held up with garters or a garter belt. If you really wanted to defy your strict upbringing then rolling the stockings down to just below the knees was sure to outrage the older generation.
Can’t wait to see all the sexy lace-trimmed stockings on the big screen, here’s some pics from that era for inspiration.