The ball will be held at Rosecliff, the mansion in Newport where the 1974 Gatsby movie was filmed.
|the Rosecliff ballroom|
In his 1932 collection The Crack-Up Fitzgerald writes:
"the restlessness of New York in 1927 approached hysteria. The parties were bigger--those of Conde Nast, for example, rivaled in their way the fabled balls of the nineties" (My Lost City, p27)
Well, one of my favorite things about the '20s is the sparkle...and what better place to glitter than charleston-ing in a ballroom fabulous enough for Fitzgerald to write about? So even though I might kill myself in the process, I will drip sequins. Here are some of my favorite inspirations. You can check these out in detail in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|hand-laid sequins, 1925|
|beaded dance dress (back), 1925 from Augusta Auctions|
|mixed bugle beads and sequins, 1925|
|Alla Nazimova in sequined robe, 1921|
|cream velvet with beads, Augusta|
|detail from embroidered tulle and sequin overdress, 1926|
|be-pearled and -rhinestoned flapper|
|Worth with metallic embroidery and lame lining, 1925|
|detail of fringe and fabric below|
|dancer Dorothy Sebastian in similarly sparkly fringe|