Inspired by the breathtaking embellishment and slender silhouettes, the hedonism and natural air of insouciance seemingly stitched into art deco styling, a celebration of women's emancipation from structured undergarments overlaid with a post-war euphoria…we're endlessly drawn to the decadence and inherent revelry of this inimitable era.
By far the most iconic decade for jaw-droppingly beautiful embellishments, the twenties saw the rise of metallic sequins and silk tassels, full garment beading, feathered trims and capes as well as the iconic, flapper style fringing. The signature drop waist and slender column silhouette remain as timeless today as their inception, an achingly elegant blank canvas for geometric patterns and beaded motifs.
Attracting girls with an unfussy approach to everyday style, inspired by the languid glamour of Coco Chanel who championed an easy silhouette and iconic move away from anything structured, tailored or waist accentuating, this era and aesthetic carries its own unique air of femininity. With a certain mix of contemporary glamour and timeless silhouettes, designers like Alberta Feretti, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli resonate best, offering the kind of embellishments and sleek silhouettes that she favours.
With a focus on soft metallics, pale tints and warm neutrals, (think silvery greys, cosmetic tones and soft golds) this is the perfect aesthetic in which to experiment with non-white (and for bridal party evening glamour, consider bridesmaids in decadently beaded floor length black, Roberto Cavalli style).
As a statement era, a little goes a long way, so be mindful not to stray into an aesthetic of 'costume drama' by choosing only one or two elements 'in the spirit' of twenties styling, keeping everything else fresh, modern and natural. If you opt for an incredible twenties inspired gown, keep hair and makeup unfussy and supernatural (if paired with twenties styled finger waves and vintage style shoes, you risk looking like fancy dress!). Similarly you might love a timeless slip dress, accessorised with only touches of twenties like a feathered cape and art deco jewels. Either way, be sure to include enough elements to make it your own, whilst hinting at art-deco opulence, and you will ooze an effortless, twenties glamour.
Bo & Luca Dakota Gown
Johanna Johnson Harlow Cape
Temperley London Emeline Dress
Hougton NYC Kate Gown
Johanna Johnson The Wagner Gown
Lanvin Tiered Satin Column Gown
Houghton NYC Tati Gown
Bo & Luca Majorca Gown
Jenny Packham Elsa Embroidered Bridal Jacket
Johanna Johnson The Langton Mini
Delphine Manivet Milan Dress
Jenny Packham Santorini Feather Wrap