JAZZ AGE INSPIRED 1920s DRESS
Every other year, a student-led charitable fund at my school puts on a fashion show as a fundraiser to raise money to donate to organizations in Los Angeles that help underprivileged girls. The fashion includes designs by students that are modeled by students.
I am looking forward to participating in this event as a designer. I have enlisted a few of my friends to be my models. I haven't gotten any information yet about limits to the number of deigns we can make or what our budget is, so I went ahead and started brainstorming dresses according to this year's theme "Fashion through Music." The five categories we can choose from are: hip hop/pop, indie/folk, old jazz, disco, and punk rock.
This is the general idea for an "old jazz" inspired 1920s dress: slightly loose dress, with a pleated skirt starting at the hips. I'm looking towards the singers of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age for some inspiration.
|Source: Goldstein Museum of Design|
The green dress directly above is very close to what I have in mind, color wise. My friend, who will be modeling for me, and I both love Disney's Princess and the Frog, so I don't think there was ever any question what color the dress would be. Also, to justify it for design reasons, green looks great on my friend.
As for headgear, I like this cloche hat quite a bit though I think making something like it would be a bit too much for me.
In the affordable and easy DIY range, I could make a headband similar to the one below. If I have the time and budget, I might even be able to go the whole beads, dangly bits, crazy-extravagant headdress route.
But back to the dress... I want the general shape of of the dresses below, especially the ones with the scooped necks, but with a pleated skirt and a sash across the hips where the skirt starts. I'm envisioning one with a huge flower on the side right over the hipbone.
As for the pleated skirt, I like the shape and length of the one below -- but my personal opinion is that the outfit or the pattern that is being advertised is terrible. Ignore the shirt, focus on the skirt!