Zelda – The American Flapper

Who says that what has passed will not come back or history doesn’t repeat itself? With regards to Fashion at least, this is not true. Fashion trends keep echoing in one form or the other. With a little twist in the vintage fashion a new fashion trend gets borne. And that is exactly what Amazon is vying to do with its recent Zelda challenge.

Zelda Fitzgerald – “The first American flapper” was a novelist and American socialite in the 1920s. She was noted for her beauty and high spirits. Zelda Fitzgerald is still celebrated as the emblem of the Jazz Age.

The 1920s is the decade in which fashion entered the modern era. It was the decade in which women first abandoned the restricting fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes, such as shorts and skirts. With the end of the First World War and the ensuing economic boom of the 1920s, there was a sense of freedom as the women bobbed their hair and broke all the prohibitions and danced to improvisational rhythms. They had a very specific dress code for all occasions – the mornings, the afternoons, the church and the tea parties! Talking about the 1920s fashion, you cannot not mention Zelda.

Zelda embodied the bold, free-spirited sartorial spirit. Zelda was a trailblazer because she wasn’t interested in fashion that had been continuing, instead she created a style unto herself. She didn’t follow the trends, she broke them with her short bob, shorter than the average shapeless shift dress, bold makeup and exposed limbs. She epitomised the spirit of a reckless rebel who danced the night away in the Jazz Age.

Zelda’s fashion sense was so fundamental and attention-seeking that she was famously called as the first Flapper of America! Flapper was a term associated with women who awoke from their lethargy of substandard, bobbed her hair, put on her choicest pair of earrings and a great deal of audacity and rouge. Flappers were generally seen sporting hats, pearl strings, short fringe dresses along with a dash of pizazz.

The 1920s fashion is so classical and Zelda’s influence on this sartorial era is so great that Amazon has created a dedicated series on it called “Z: The Beginning of Everything” starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald.

Amazon has been persuading us to get inspired from the classical era of the 1920s and create Zelda inspired looks. Why not enter the time machine and get transported to this sartorial time zone? I sure am a fan of historical fashion and love to go artistic with my ensembles.

I have given full rein to my creativity and recreated “Zelda – the Flapper”!

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Is your inner fashionista conjuring up ways to recreate the Flapper women? I bet you are already rummaging through your wardrobe for some pearl strings and fringe dresses! 😉

Signing off!

Until next time!

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