I blame P.G. Wodehouse entirely for my never ending obsession with all things Deco, Fashionable Reader. And while I generally can't wear the clothing of the late 20s and early 30s (although I've found a few 1940s things), I sure do love the jewelry.
|Brooch Cartier, 1925 Bonham’s|
This one has a Sophronia fan kind of look to it.
I've posted a bit before about how 1920s dresses and outfits, in particular, aren't flattering on the Rack. Although, it is possible to find belted and fit and flair options...
Gustave Beer, 1919 The Kyoto Costume Institute; 1920 via the lovelylouisebrooks tumblr
Unfortunately, more common are drop waist filmy see-through numbers that do us, and our girls, no favors whatsoever.
But the jewelry is fair game. Of course, I can't afford the real thing but I am always looking out for good costume pieces (I've never been one to think you should invest in the Real Thing). Here's one of my favorites collected by a friend in the 1980s, and gifted to me a decade or so ago. I love it because it also has a steampunk feel.
Nevertheless, here's some of the Real Thing:
|Earrings Georges Fouquet, 1925 Christie’s|
|Cufflinks 1930s 1stdibs.com|
|Necklace 1930s Sotheby’s|
|Pocket Watch 1930s Doyle Auctions|
|1930s Necklace Cartier Sotheby’s|
|1930s Necklace Sotheby’s|
In modern times, Deco enjoys a near constant resurgence on the red carpet, in catalogs, and on catwalks, in some form or another. To this day I still remember Jay's deco dress (inspired by the Chrysler Building in NYC) from the first season of Project Runway.
|Via the Project Runway Blog|
Here's a small sample of dresses I've noticed recently:
via frostedfashions tumblr L’Wren Scott Fall 2013; 2014 Atelier Versace Couture
|2014 Alice Eve In Mary Katrantzou|
2014 Blue Lace Deco Dress $50; 2014 Mara Hoffman
2014 GaGa red carpet; 2014 Naeem Khan
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You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.