"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Location: City Hall/ Civic Center, San Francisco
Insist that a fashionista name his/ her sartorial inspiration from the Twenties, and the answer will most likely be a unanimous The Great Gatsby. My introduction to the nouveau riche happened as a result of high school reading, but in less than a year, I found myself reading Fitzgerald’s other works that included The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is The Night. I knew there would come a time when I pay homage to the jazz age as told by Fitzgerald via a blog blurb, but I didn’t want to do a modern, frivolous spin on The Great Gatsby alone. (I say frivolous because it is hard to illustrate Gatsby without highlighting its fragility and flaws) Sure, the iconic movie put Twenties fashion back on the map, but F. Scott Fitzgerald opened me up to a world of romance like I had never seen before, so I wanted my outfit to go beyond what meets the eye.
Being practical and realistic were two traits that did not define the love between Scott and Zelda. (Take a few minutes to read excerpts from the phenomenal letters they exchanged, here.) This blurb is an ode to their fearless, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, and conventional love story, quite contrary (read: practical) to the romance (can it even be called romance?) we see these days, if I may.
Man, those Pigalles are hard to totter around in, but the only justification I got is red. lacquered. soles. The perverse decision of wearing a body con maxi with a plunging neckline? I won’t even bother justifying that. The cinched waist and figure-hugging silhouette blatantly betray 1920s fashion. The only thing that gives a nod to a time when fashion equaled elegance is this silk clutch with its architecturally-informed lines, and a jeweled snap closure. Also, nothing says roaring Twenties like a pair of ostentatious, show-off-ey pearl-embedded Chand Balis...right?
There goes my love story with fashion from the 20(10)'s. Of course it is impractical and flawed.
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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