Monday, July 15, 2013

The Great Gatsby in Fashion, a new book by Debbie Sessions of Vintage Dancer

Today I'm bringing you a giveaway, The Great Gatsby in Fashion, written by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, with fashion history annotation by Debbie Sessions, creator of 

Debbie provides the full text of The Great Gatsby novel along with 33 additional 1920′s fashion history insights throughout the book. A great way to ensure that you understand the fashion statements made throughout the original novel.

Debbie and I, along with Bud and Ern Westmore of GlamourDaze, collaborated on  The 1940s Style Guide, book by Debbie, Rose Marie a 1940s retro dress pattern by me, a pattern that can take you to work, a picnic, a ball or your wedding day and make-up tips from Glamour Daze ...

... so I know how great she is at 'capturing' an era and making it available to the 21st century woman.

Her new '20s book is no exception and it is linked directly with the book text of The Great Gatsby! What a brilliant and creative idea. As Debbie says:

 “The love affair with one of the greatest American novels ever written has just as much to do with the dazzling fashions of the 1920’s as it does with great story telling. F. Scott Fitzgerald, a dapper dresser, and his wife, Zelda, a notorious flapper, experienced the high life of fashion and culture in the twenties. It was only natural for Fitzgerald to include detailed descriptions of the clothing each character wore. It is in his observations of their dress that he unveils the characters’ motivations and morals that play a critical part in the novel. Fitzgerald’s audience in 1925 would have understood what color a “gas blue” dress was and would have known the sound of “clicking pottery bracelets.” Today’s readers miss the cultural context of those fashions, until now.

How can you win a free copy of The Great Gatsby in Fashion?

Debbie has gracefully offered me one free copy of her epublication to my blog followers and you have a chance of winning it!

Debbie brings The Great Gatsby’s Jazz Age alive with illustrations and historical annotations of the clothing described in the novel. Sixty images of 1920’s dresses, suits, shoes, hats, hairstyles and the people who wore them are included alongside descriptions of the clothing worn in the summer of 1922, the year in which The Great Gatsby is set. Additional cultural insights of the life and times of the roaring twenties are blended into the annotations creating an insightful view of the 20’s wealthier class.”For a limited time you can purchase it for US .99c!

You can win a FREE copy of the book if you :
  1. Tell me briefly which film represents the true' 20s fashion best, either the Redford/Farrow or the DiCaprio/Mulligan . 
  2. Share this blog post on your Twitter and/or FB accounts to spread the word of the giveaway and let me know you have done so in your comments.
Put your answer in the comments section below by 4th August, 2013 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Once done, you will go into the draw for a chance to win a FREE copy of  The Great Gatsby in Fashion, written by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, with fashion history annotation by Debbie Sessions! Best of luck to you all!


I'm The Tailor's Apprentice and I have created The Miss Page Vintage Pattern Collection. 1940s WWII dress making patterns for the 21st century woman. Patterns created by me from my extant 1940s gowns. All my patterns are available on Etsy and my website where you'll find out more about me as well. This year I am publishing an 1820s gown wardrobe pattern.


  1. I haven't seen the DiCaprio film yet but what I've read about the costumes makes me think they have a 21st century twist that is theatrical rather than authentic. I've seen the Redford film recently (have it on DVD) and love the costumes; I think they are probably closer to authentic.

  2. I think that the Redford/Farrow version definitely captures the fashions better...the 2013 falls a little flat in the costumes and the cut of the dresses is far too contemporary for my taste.


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