And All That Jazz…

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:

Following a picnic, a spin around the island on my cycle and a final St Germain cocktail in the sun, it was time to head back to the mainland (and the year 2011).

The jazz festival is back on the Island on August 20th and 21st, 11-5pm.  I would wholeheartedly recommend the lawn party to everyone. Next time I’ll be back there getting my flapper on!

(Cycling around Manhattan before and after prevented a full on roaring 20s outfit. Instead I am wearing: structured lace top from Reiss.  Lace shorts from H&M)

I hope you had a great weekend, Blog Reader! xx sotc



  1. says

    This looks like such fun- as you might have guessed, I love anything that involves dressing up, and particularly events that involve dressing up and dancing. The parasol you came home with is just gorgeous!

  2. says

    That event always fascinates me. Would love to see it inperson one day.

    I love your sexy little summer look! Not many women could pull that off and look classy. But you do!

  3. says

    Love the structured tube top! And the festival looked so fun! If I was there, I’d snap up the adorable trinkets for my room.

  4. says

    I missed out on that one while I was in Boston so it’s great that they’re holding another festival late August! Just noted it down in my agenda…

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