1920s Splendour for 2012 – Carey Mulligan and The Great Gatsby

As any regular Fashion-Mommy reader will know, I’m having a bit of a 1920s/Art Deco fashion obsessive moment. I just seem to have full in love with feathers, fringes and flappers. So for me, one of the highlights of 2012 will be the release of Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby starring the luminous Carey Mulligan. I have adored this book since I was a teenager, reading it on numerous occasions and also searching out other F Scott Fitzgerald books like Tender is the Night and The Beautiful and the Damned.But I have never felt film versions have done justice to the book, the 1970s version starring Mia Farrow looked beautiful but Mia was no Daisy.

So I’m really looking forward to seeing one of my favourite actresses, Carey Mulligan, tackling this role. And with the first film stills from the film released this week, I’m even more excited. The jewels and costumes just look exquisite, with vintage dresses apparently being loaned from Ashley Olsen’s extensive collection. But for me it is all about the accessories.

Amazing jewelled headbands and long silk scarves tied around the head look so chic you long for a sleek blonde bob like Daisy/Carey. And with lace gloves, acres of single strand pearls and layered pearl bracelets, this look is destined to be much copied when the film is released, late in 2012. And whilst the vintage dresses can be a difficult and expensive look to copy, the accessories are a much easier option. Ebay and charity shops are a great source of vintage beads and pearls, whilst the high street also stock inexpensive pieces.

Get the Look

Kaliko Jewelled headband 

Glitter Swirl Alice Hair Band 


Sido 20s Style Sequin Headband 

Rock n’ Rose Luxe Feather Headband 


Ladies Three Row Plastic Necklace 


Bead Drape Choker Price: £20.00 

Pearl and facet bead necklace Price: £25.00 


Spot Lace Gloves With Frill 

Curvissa – beautiful dressing for those curves

Curvissa is an Aladdin’s cave of a website full of the most exquisite of dresses for those of us blessed with curves. I recently discovered this site whilst looking for a party dress and was seriously impressed by the choice and variation in styles. These are dresses that totally accentuate fuller figures rather than trying to shroud them. And instead of the slimming ‘black’, we are blessed with dresses that show style, colour and elegance. There are Grecian style gowns, figure hugging sexy numbers and flirty prom styles..basically something for every taste. And these dresses come in sizes from 14-32. Here are some of my favourites from an extensive range.


This dress has a definite Hollywood Goddess feel. Love the rich purple shade!

Evening dress £110 

This fringed party dress from MIM is absolutely amazing for tapping into the 1920s trend…a perfect Jazz age piece.

Fringed Party Dress 

This Prom style is so pretty and is perfect for hourglass figures.

Prom Style Dress 

A shift dress is a perfect style classic, one which never goes out of fashion and is appropriate for any occasion.

Elegant Shift Dress 

There are lots more styles, visit the Curvissa website in order to view the full collection.



Wallis 1923 collection – beautiful retro styles.

After the  gorgeous 1950s printed Summer dresses, Wallis are again raiding their vast archives to bring vintage chic to the High Street. This time they have looked to two very different eras in terms of style, the 1920s and the 1960s. I absolutely adore the 1920s collection which just screams GLAMOUR.

The 1920s era encapsulates decadent vintage glamour. Wallis has taken inspiration from the Jazz Age for its 1920s evening dress collection. This has been inspired by sketches recovered from the Wallis archives and also by  the Speakeasy bars evoked in Boardwalk Empire.  The gold boardwalk dress evokes the glamour of the period with its rouching, bead work detailing and drop waist hem line, 1920s fan Kate Moss would love this dress! Other favourites include the pink or black tassel dresses with delicate art deco inspired beading and bow neck tie and the grey or pink  firework embellished tunic dresses. The look is completed with the cocoon drop waist coat in cream or black accessorised with a faux fur stole.  These styles are going to continue to be a big story into 2012 with the release of ‘The Great Gatsby’, so invest in the  trend now.

Gold 1923 Beaded Dress £90.00 

Pink 1923 Embellished Dress £99.00 

Black 1923 Tassel Dress £85.00 

Cream 1923 Fur Collar Coat £130.00 


Black 1923 Fur Collar Coat £130.00