You can’t talk about “The Roaring 20’s” without talking about F. Scott Fitzgerald—and you can’t talk about ’20’s fashion without talking about his wife, Zelda. Often referred to as the “First American Flapper,” no one embodied the bold, free-spirited sartorial movement more. And now Zelda’s avant-garde style and her contagious spirit are taking center-stage, for your binge-watching pleasure, in Amazon’s newest original series, Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci as the lady of the decade.
And while the story itself is engaging—the pilot, which debuted in November, had us counting down till the release of the complete season on January 27th—it’s the show’s remarkable 1920’s wardrobe that’ll have you staying up late to watch just one more episode (perhaps because it’s all entirely authentic—as in vintage-eBay-find authentic).
“The 1920s was an amazing time for fashion,” raves Z costume designer Tom Broecker. At the forefront sat Zelda herself: “Zelda was a trailblazer because she wasn’t interested in fashion per se, [but rather,] she created a style unto herself. She didn’t follow the trends, she broke them.”
And 1920s style has proven to have inimitable staying power, Broecker explains. “I believe one or two fashion designers will find inspiration from the 1920s almost every year. You can look at the arts and crafts movement and see it reflected in Valentino, Isabel Marant, and Ralph Lauren, while designers like Free People take a cue from the shapes of the twenties, such as dropped waists [with a bit of sparkle].” Not to mention the comeback of pleated chiffon and fringe.
So we took a cue from Z to find 8 20’s-inspired pieces that pay homage to the trend-setting style of Zelda, plus exactly what to add on to translate the look to the 21st century. There’s a reason it’s stuck around so long.
Glitz and Glamour
Nothing more accurately represents the spirit of the ’20s than fabulous beading. A streamlined silhouette is the perfect balance for this dazzling texture.
Jenny Packham dress, $5,765, net-a-porter.com.
An understated box clutch and cascading earrings are eternally fitting for evening. Sparkly pumps hold their own against an eye-catching gown, and a lower, block heel keeps you comfortable.
Self-Portrait has cornered the market on feminine florals with just the right amount of detail. A white collar over pleasant baby blue offers a distinctly vintage vibe, and the black trim brings a Zelda-level boldness.
Self-Portrait dress, $381, matchesfashion.com.