The Great Gatsby (1974)

1970s Fashion in Films

Copyright © 1974 Paramount Pictures

This 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald was adapted into a silent film in 1926, again in 1949, then in 1974 and 2000 and will be a Baz Lurman production in 2012. Each time it brings with it the flappers, the fringe, the beads and the bobs of the roaring 1920s.

The 1974 film was no different, starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, it was true to the shift in attitude of women in the 1920s from war to social life, enhancing their interest in fashion, and their new found power in gaining the right to vote meant hemlines were shorter and clothes looser.

The atmosphere of the film was canned by the critics as too cold and not true to the love of the jazz era, but the costumes were its success, the beautiful bejewelled dresses and skullcaps, opulent jewellery, furs and decadence of the women and immaculate three piece suits in white, tuxedos and tailored trenches on the men. A film dedicated to the aesthetics.


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Written by Jemma De Blanche

Jemma De Blanche is a fashion and lifestyle journalist with a background in marketing and copy-writing, is in awe of all things creative and loves getting lost in a good book, a beautiful picture or the creativity of new collection. Jemma handles the Fashion in Film pages and the Men's catwalk reviews.

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