'Gatsby' brings 1920s fashion roaring back - New York News

'Gatsby' brings 1920s fashion roaring back

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The Roaring '20s -- A time of excess and extravagance. The rich, new and old, partied hard, flaunting their wealth and desire.

"It was a really important time for women. World War I had ended. People were prosperous. And when women got the right to vote, they thought it was time to go party," explained Skyler Roberts, who works at Tampa's La France Vintage Boutique in Ybor City.

Jazz was king. The dance rage was the Charleston. Gentlemen were dapper, and the average woman -- finally free of long dresses and corsets -- raised her hemline and wore makeup. It was scandalous.

"They would smoke cigarettes. They would roll up their stockings so you could see their knees. And they wore lipstick," Skyler continued.

She showed us some authentic reproductions of flapper dresses and those Gatsby-style suits. For women, the clothes featured bold colors, sequins, and art deco jewelry. The hair was worn short and fierce with jewels and headpieces. The shoes were closed toe to give women the liberty to dance the night away.

"They would have what they called car wash fringe skirts, like what I'm wearing, where they would move like crazy to the movement. It was very much like a costume you'd put on as flapper."

For the guys, it was Leonardo DiCaprio's mack-daddy cool, cruising in Brooks Brothers suits with matching vests, hats, bow ties, and two-toned saddle Oxfords.

"So suits that they made in the '20s, they're taking them out of the archives for Leo DiCaprio's Great Gatsby looks."

Brooks Brothers was the original designer for the first Gatsby movie, and is reprising the role at its store in Hyde Park -- one more sign that the Roaring '20s fashion is still purring in 2013.

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