The evening kicked off at 7.30 with free fake moustaches passed out at the door as dapper chaps and dolled up dames met and mingled in the bar. Around 9 the stage lights went up with a variety of acts from hula to mime to stilts to song to a bola luchador... The line up included the wonderful and divine The Creative Martyrs, Miss Hell's Bell and Daiquiri Dusk, Tom Harlow, Cat Aclysmic, Stakkato Blue, Ammie Jay, and Miss B - a completely fantastic show! Once our sides could take no more splitting it was time to get up and dance a little. The Black Diamonds Havana Band provided a chance for husband Rockin' Roy to dance the world's worst but most enjoyable waltz with me. We have four left feet...
Costume wise I wasn't sure what to wear as I don't have the stereotypical lean body of a flapper popularly associated with the 1920s. It's a falsehood though that you need to have the 'body of the period' for vintage themed night as all time periods had all kinds of bodies in them! Slim ladies can look great in 50's couture and curvy gals can find something wonderful in the Gatsby era. Tall, short, whatever - it's about finding the right cut, colour and style for your body which is also fun and comfortable. Never rule a retro period out on the basis you won't suit it - it's an excuse to do lots of online research and watch old movies! There were some beautiful and creative costumes at Gatsby Club. I'd recommend taking a look at Boardwalk Empire, Some Like it Hot, and the Artist for inspiration.
The 20s are all about draping and details. When I first was invited to the night by Feisty Freya I actually made a costume out of some old sheets, ribbon and sequins I had floating about.
I ended up buying a monochrome maxi dress from Dorothy Perkins which I adore and is incredibly comfortable. Rockin' Roy donned his finest pinstripe suit.