There are two fab events happening this week and I am excited! Luckily, they are both linked by one awesome theme: Gatsby. The Great Gatsby started showing in Wellington this week and I am sooooo excited to see it. Three reasons: huge Leonardo DiCaprio fan (he is seriously clever), always a fan of the classic-novel-turned-movie and, mostly, I LOVE 1920s flapper style! And the party scenes in the film trailer look nothing short of amazing. Such glamour; I can tell I’m going to love it already.

The second sweet event this week is a Gatsby-themed farewell party!! It is for one of my best friends who is moving back to the UK (DISLIKE) but, my word, this 1920s party will definitely be a highlight. So this week I thought we would check out the extensive stocks we of Gatsby-themed books we have here at the library, as I try to put my costume together for Friday! Last minute, much?!

Check out these to help you nail the art deco look:

Syndetics book coverArt Deco fashion / Suzanne Lussier.
“The costume and decor of the Ballets Russes took Paris by storm in 1909 and fuelled a mania for the exotic, for vibrant patterns and rich, luxurious textiles. It only took the genius of designers like Paul Poiret and Natalia Goncharova to transform these into garments that were bold, inventive and quintessentially modern. Ballet, theatre and cinema all lent ideas to mainstream fashion, as did artists of the avant-garde such as Sonia Delaunay.”–BOOK JACKET

Syndetics book coverFashion Sourcebook 1920s / edited by Charlotte Fiell & Emmanuelle Dirix.
“Saucy flappers and manic Charlestons, dramatic silent movies and the bigband euphoria of early jazz: the 1920s must surely rank amoung the most dashing eras in American styles history, and this volume documents in ravishing detail the clothing that helped make the decade so stylish and glamorous. Sumptuously illustrated with more than 600 original photographs, drawings and prints, Fashion Sourcebook 1920s focuses largely on the Art Deco period, with its beautiful beaded dresses, cloche hats and t-bar shoes as worn by the fahsionable flappers and the “bright young things” of the time.” (adaped from

Syndetics book coverArt deco jewelry / Sylvie Raulet.
“Explosion of color, drama of form, and juxtaposition of texture and contour best describe the jewelry of the Art Deco period, and Raulet has captured it all. Beginning with the ‘Birth of Art Deco’, jewelry is put in context with early 20th-century art movements and its development traced along with its renowned creators.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe 1920s / John Peacock.
“The 1920s saw radical changes in dress such as the drop waist, the bias cut, beading, the flapper, the diamond choker, and the cigarette-holder. It was perhaps the first “modern” decade of the 20th century. This book is part of a series charting the development of women’s and men’s clothing from 1900 onwards. It includes complete descriptions of each garment and accessories, itemizing colour, cut, necklines, lapels, sleeves, pockets, fastenings, buttons and belts. The year-by-year format progresses through day wear, evening wear, sportswear, leisurewear, underwear, negligee and wedding wear.” (adapted from

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage : make-up : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic looks / Katie Reynolds.
“Step-by-step instructions in a beautiful retro-glam package provide everything needed to create authentic vintage looks-whether you want to look like Louise Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna Filled with fantastically inspiring images, tips on the best makeup techniques and accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions, this resource provides everything a fashionista needs to create vintage looks from the 1920s to the 1980s.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmerican art deco : architecture and regionalism / Carla Breeze ; photography by Carla Breeze.
“Architectural photographer Breeze provides color photographs of art deco buildings and architectural details from around the United States. Both interiors and exteriors are examined. Text, with the exception of some discussion of different regional styles, is kept to a minimum.” (Syndetics summary)

And lastly… The Great Gatsby! We have a lush new copy (film tie-in version, yussss) so if you haven’t read it yet (‘fess up!) then get your hands on this one asap:

Syndetics book coverThe great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald.The Great Gatsby
“Robertson Dean’s rich, deep voice sweeps us into this classic with the same straightforward narrative elegance Fitzgerald gives his narrator, Nick Carraway. Dean manages to be moving without dramatic exaggeration, and to distinguish characters, male and female, without resort to stereotyping. He reifies Jay Gatsby in all his ambition and naivete, and paints Fitzgerald’s complex picture of love, power, money, and hypocrisy with simple sonority. This audio is a wonderful experience for old fans as well as first-time Fitzgerald readers, and it comes with a companion e-book.” (Publisher Weekly)

I am still agonising over thinking about my outfit for the party… will have to keep you posted on that one!