This weekend saw me return to Governors Island for the ‘Jazz Age Dance Party’ – a charming afternoon of drinks, picnicking, dressing up and dancing with music supplied by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. 20s fashions were aplenty at this event which Bill Cunningham has been known to attend to snap away at the amazing styles – see his pictures from the 2009 event below:
I saw amazing cloche hats and dropped waist dresses for females and for men, panamas, waistcoats and even some bow ties got an outing on the more dapper chaps. I think the 20s is such an interesting era for female fashion as it was a time during which the role of women was evolving. Women were entering different industries in the workplace and having a career as well as a family became a possibility. After suffrage came developing feminist thought and there was also sexual liberation (they don’t call it the roaring twenties for nuffin’)! I love the boyish figures in this era but really everything that was worn looked a lot of fun. As was the mood and sentiment of the Jazz Age Dance Party!
Around the lawn and picnic area were 20s themed stalls selling food, drink, clothing and accessories. I invested in a little parasol to keep the bright sun at bay. I believe these technically went out of fashion in the 20s – pale skin was replaced by the tan as a status symbol which relegated these romantic little items to the Victorian past. I read a little something on the parasol this evening as an “indispensable aid to the subtle art of flirtation.” Whilst I can’t claim to be working this look below, I love my cute little pink parasol nonetheless: