Fashion has been having a 1920s moment ever since last September, when Frida Giannini of Gucci put wonderful bugle-beaded flapper dresses and art-deco jackets on the runway in her spring 2012 collection. The fashion world took up the call as one, long before the Guccis hit the stores. The theme gets pepped up this autumn ahead of the Christmas release of Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby, complete with Carey Mulligan as Daisy, lots of specially designed, very authentic-looking costumes and stunning, real Tiffany jewellery inspired by the house’s own archives.
You can steal a march on the inevitable copies of the 1920s look by investing in a beautiful original from a private collection, amassed over 20 years, that specialist website Vintage Seekers has obtained and is putting online. The collection, which belonged to a fashion historian and private collector, consists of 23 items, of which 17 are original 1920s dresses, handbeaded on silk tulle and all in very good, wearable condition (flapper dresses pictured, from left: navy floral deep V and hem, £2,500; black and silver beaded, £1,950; pale pink, £1,750). In pastel or dark neutral shades with contrasting, often metallic, beading, they are completely typical of the era. While reflecting the Gatsby mood, they are also timeless examples of period handicraft.
Also in the sale are three original Dior haute couture New Look dresses, one with a jacket, and three specially made film costumes, including items from recent movies My Week with Marilyn and An Education. The collection goes online on Wednesday August 1 and prices for the 1920s items range from £1,650 to £2,950. Sad to report, there are no vintage Tiffany diamonds to go with them.