The recent movie adaptation of the Great Gatsby celebrated a historic period of iconic music, fashion and social influences. Set in the early 1920’s, the Great Gatsby captures the decadence and opulence of the roaring twenties and life in the fictional town of West Egg, Long Island, New York.
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While the film captures life among the wealthy socialites of Long Island, the following outlines the equally glamorous lifestyle of socialites on the Island of Manhattan during the same period. Specifically in Harlem, the influence of an emerging creative artists and their collective artistry would pave the way for what would become known as: the Harlem Renaissance.
The Harlem Renaissance inspired an artistic evolution for African-Americans. With gentrification in full swing, Harlem became known as a safe haven for people of color. Popular after hour spots such as the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom gave birth and provided a platform for an artistic revolution of iconic fashionistas, artists, poets, actors and musicians.
Popular artists of the period included such greats as Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and Josephine Baker to name a few. The social influences of the times served an as creative inspiration and provided an artistic outlet for gifted African-American artists and entertainers alike.
In celebration of iconic artistry, specifically fashion in the early 1920’s, we present the following fashions with a twist! The fashions reflect historic styles meshed with the everyday composite of Harlem.
The Great Gatsby: Harlem Renaissance Style.