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Bringing The 1920’s Gatsby Girl To Modern Day

I have been on a reading KICK lately, right? My two worlds collided with Madame Picasso because the story takes place during the 1910s/1920s and is just so visual.

Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

It got me thinking about all of the wonderful fashion that draped the streets during those days. Imagine being able to dance the night away in one of those flapper dresses? OH! HOW FAB!

Bringing The 1920’s Gatsby Girl To Modern Day

It also tells us a story behind the story. We all know about Pablo Picasso. The name is probably one of the most recognizable in the world of art.

Well, this one gives you a different look at Pablo – his love life – and it’s told by his lover, Eva Gouel. I LOVE TWISTS LIKE THAT!! Are you a Gatsby Girl?

Here’s The Madame Picasso Synopsis: 

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life. 

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.

Sounds perfect for your next book club, right? Have you started one of those yet? I wrote a quick post a few weeks ago about how you can get one up and running in no time.

While reading through Madame Picasso, I kept thinking about the fashion and how it would and could still work today. I just love that Gatsby Girl vibe.  Of course, the fringe will have to remain a memory.

But there are still ways to incorporate the 20s into this day and age and make it look like you aren’t dressed up in a Halloween costume.  Here are a few tips to recreate your very own Gatsby Girl.

Create The Gatsby Girl Look:

1920s flapper girl fashion - Gatsby Girl

1. Shape and Shimmer Dress // 2. All Neutral Dress // 3. Coffee Shop Reviewer Dress // 4. Philharmonic of Time Dress

I don’t want my dress selections to confuse you. While knee length was the preferred hem, you can still pull off a floor length gown. I just happened to like these four options. Instead of fringe, opt for other intricate details and cuts. 

Notice the necklines — all rather modest. No low cutting necklines here! Nothing was particularly form fitting either. I would have done well in that time!! 😉

But the Shoes!

1920s flapper girl fashion - Gatsby Girl

1. Reuniting with Friends Heel in Chestnut // 2. Bow’n Places Heel in White // 3. Studious Style Flat in Brown // 4. Department to Be Heel in Black // 5. Sweet Spectator Heel in Glossy Earl Grey // 6. Hep Hopper Heel

Shoes are rounded and low heeled. Lots of mixed material used as well. Think layering for your feet. I also loved how they played with lines in the 20s. It wasn’t just a simple heel – oh no! There was also some sort of added design.

Accessorize, Baby

1920s flapper girl fashion - Gatsby Girl

1.Deco Dancer Headband // 2. One More Dance Tights // 3. Pure Edith Hat in Blue // 4. Swoon for the Moon Necklace // 5. Gracefully Glam Earrings // 6. Endless Elegance Necklace // 7. Go for Deco Bracelet

Accessories are absolutely the BEST part of the Gatsby period.

  • Art deco, ornate, over the top accessories.
  • Beautiful and plump pearls.
  • Lockets with special photos inside.
  • Hair accessories or over-sized hats.

Put it all together or wear them one at a time. These pieces would also work matched with today’s fashions and trends. So, if you want to bring in a little bit of the 20s into your modern-day wardrobe, go for it!

If you are looking to get swept away into a love story that is sprinkled with style, fashion, passion and glamor, check out Madame Picasso. Looking to read an excerpt first, click here.


Anne Girard is a writer and historian with degrees in English literature and clinical psychology. She has spent extensive time in Paris and lives in California with her husband and children.

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Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I need to read this book. I love the fashion from that era.

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