I’ll be completely honest with you, when I was asked to style a shoot based on 1920s fashion, I was a little worried. Why? Because for me, the style in the 1920s was…ugly. Styles ranged from shapeless or drop waist shift dresses that did nothing to flatter the figure, to over the top flapper dresses that were excessively decorated with sequins, beads and look-at-me embellishments. Not cute at all. The challenge for me with this shoot was to capture the essence of 1920s fashion, but to almost modernise it to make it less…ugly.
Instead of an outfit that’s adorned with sequins which can very quickly look like a costume instead of a classic evening look, I scaled back on the embellishment and limited it to the sheer capelet finished with beaded fringing and beads seen on the headband and drawstring bag. Because I focused less on all-over embellishment, I used a monochrome colour palette to ensure that the beaded touches stood out. With 1920s fashion, texture is key. The top and skirt played host to a crepe finish and were offset by a soft fur stole and hardened accessories.
I was definitely out of my comfort zone when styling this 1920s fashion shoot. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that my usual style is tailoring and cleaner looks such as my previous posts girls in suits, how to style a blue suit and how to style a brown suit.
How do you think I did with this one? Is this something that you’ll like to see more often? Let me know in the comments!
Model: Tega Akpod
Hair Styling: Jasmyne Ingleton
Photography: Jodine Williams