It looks like Gatsby fever has set in, with locals flocking to the cinema, book store, their grandparents’ wardrobes, and even hosting 1920s themed parties in honour of the latest craze.
Much hype surrounded the release of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Dubbo has been no exception.
Readings Cinema has drawn 2800 movie-goers since the film was released, while The Book Connection has experienced a resurgence in sales of the classic book.
Book store owner Dave Pankhurst described the novel’s popularity.
“The demand for the book Australia wide has been huge, the publishers have had trouble keeping up with it,” he said.
Self-confessed vintage clothing lover Belle Strahorn of Abbey Road Vintage Inventory, said the fashion of the era has crept into attire this season.
“I think most people have a soft spot for beautiful things and after seeing the movie, chances are you’ll be hoping to pilfer a vintage treasure from your great-grandparents wardrobe,” she said.
Belle believes the Roaring Twenties had it all, from two-tone kitten heels to finger wave hairstyles and dramatic feathered headpieces and beaded dresses.
She also thinks fashion and film go hand in hand, which is why the charm of the ‘20s has become so trendy.
According to Belle, costumes such as feathered headpieces, long beads, boater hats, bejewelled headbands and fringed frocks successfully convey the glamour and decadence of the era for a modern audience and many people are embracing the style.
“The Great Gatsby delivers all the fashion clichés of the 1920s, so it’s no wonder people are going gaga for Gatsby glamour,” she said.
There is a lot to love about the 1920s, an era that brings an excitement and freshness that the world hasn’t seen in quite some time. Belle said anyone can be inspired by the glitz and glamour.
“You can incorporate some luscious statement jewellery to your white tee or skinny jeans to keep it Gatsby glam without going overboard,” she said.
“For men, tweed has become very fashionable again as well as blazers, high-waisted trousers and two tone shoes.”
The appeal of the Jazz Age doesn’t just stop with clothing. It has already inspired many of the year’s popular hairstyles including the bob cut and glamorous waves as seen on some of the film characters. The rise in the number of 1920s themed nights has also increased, with party-goers dusting off elaborate costumes to dress to impress.