Leo DiCaprio is just darling but even his dinner suit couldn’t distract our attention away from that glam Gatsby girl style. See, we have a special place in our vintage hearts for a 1920s wedding and The Great Gatsby remains the ultimate inspiration for a Roaring Twenties soiree. If you share our passion for large parties and quite fancy one of your own on the big day, here’s how to get your look just right.
Beading and feathers and pearls, oh my!
If it is opulence you want, the 1920s had it. Scalloped edges, silk, bugle beads, pearls, sequins, embroidery, lace, Ostrich feathers and all that jazz; Twenties gowns were a mighty fine example of the age-old mantra “go big or go home”. When it comes to recreating the look for your own big day, you can go as lavish or as understated as you like. Floor-sweeping satin cut on the bias, Art Deco-inspired beading, low V-backs and ruffled sleeves, even flapper-inspired tasselled numbers all fit the bill. Vintage bridal shops can help you source an original Twenties wedding dress but you’ve got to be prepared to work for it. With almost a hundred years having passed since that golden Gatsby era, finding a frock that is in perfect condition requires a real treasure hunt (and deep pockets!). Fortunately, there are plenty of contemporary alternatives that Daisy Buchanan herself would rock with aplomb.
It’s time to start working on those finger curls, girls!
There were two hairstyles that inspired a generation during the days of Prohibition; the finger curl and the bob. The Hollywood hotties of the era lopped off their locks to make a statement and the result was one that was replicated the world around. Finger curls can be tricky to perfect but get them right and they’ll look amazing with your Twenties dress and vintage headwear, whether your hair is long or short. When it comes to the bob, Louise Brooks and The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan gave us two versions. Brave brides can follow in the footsteps of Brooks with sleek locks and a full, brow-skimming fringe. For a prettier more wedding-appropriate version, Daisy’s face-framing wisps are far softer and more feminine, especially when accessorised with a diamante headband. Those worn in the film were £200,000 diamond replicas of 1920s versions from the Tiffany archives, but we mere mortals can find more purse-friendly options on Etsy.
The 1920s were all about strong features. Lips were stained dark and glossy, eyes were emphasised with sooty shadow, cheeks were pink and brows were strong. The flapper girls of the time favoured powder to achieve that porcelain skin but a more glowing complexion is far more modern and flattering. We also have the 1920s starlets to thanks for the makeup miracle that is the smoky eye. The gun metal shade associated with the era actually came from coal, but we prefer the Kohl variety nowadays, smudged softly around the eyes and finished with lashings of mascara. Pairing porcelain skin with a flushed pink cheek was classic 1920s, lips stained with a raspberry or red wine hue.
If you’re planning a 1920s wedding, let The Beauty Artist take care of your vintage hair and beauty look. We’re the experts, after all!