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Welcome image: This amazing illustration by French master Marty (1919) is from the legendary Gazette Du Bon Ton a leading fashion magazine in France from 1912 until 1925.
Fitzgerald and Princeton image: Literary critic and longtime friend, Edmund “Bunny” Wilson joked that many perceived Fitzgerald as “a typical well-to-do Middle Westerner with correct clothes and clear skin.” He wears a traditional sack suit here, but the young Fitzgerald is often seen in a tweed Norfolk jacket (belted, patch-pocketed) with knickers. The Duke of Norfolk first wore the jacket with matching or non-matching pants while hunting on his country estate in the 1860s. The jacket’s gusseted sleeves and vented back allowed for a full range of motion and it became a favorite of hunters and golfers. In 1901, a report on campus dress at Princeton confirmed that Norfolk jackets “have been popular for some time” with “those who have calves, and some alas who have not.”
Gloria Gilbert is Cooler image: Gloria always wanted an emerald engagement ring. It might have looked something like this Deco gem.
Scott and Zelda image: Lithe and femininely handsome, Fitzgerald was attractive, though self-conscious of his size. Zelda’s reputation as a fashion trendsetter is generally undeserved. She was a conservative dresser, with a Southern penchant for what Fitzgerald called, “frills and furbelows.”
Stylish Sentences image: Love, love, love spectator shoes. Love the ones I bought in Florence when I was 21, and was so happy to have found a size 41. I still wear them today, though my mother babysat them for many of the New York years. I love the light blue Cole Hahns I bought for my husband, and the old school saddle shoes my skinny-tied advisor wears.
Snobs and Social Climbers image: Okay, okay. Georges Barbier is neither American nor exactly period specific for me. His illustrations have such whimsy, such dripping detail, such color. He’s not my Deco, not Miami Beach or the Chrysler building Deco, but I couldn’t think of anything more fitting for a site on Fitzgerald.
Warning to His Readers image: Fitzgerald was a prolific correspondent. His letters document drunken antics, his struggle to work, his always dire finances, and his “next big thing.” Most of his letters have been published in books such as As Ever, Scott Fitz (1972) and Dear Scott Dear Max (1971).
Color and Scent image: Jersey is such a wonderful 20th century phenomenon. It drapes. It shapes. It hangs. It can be so forgiving and other times just unflattering. This Barbier illustration must have been an inspiration of those Norma Kamali jumpsuits of the 1980s.
Sex and Shopping image: This detail of an illustration from Gazette Du Bon Ton. Long before the plastic bag, ribbons and bows adorned purchases, and customer service was an important and expensive aspect of retailers’ operations.
News: The art illustrations of the 1920s Vogue gal implicitly embody the profound social change of the time – the advent of modern communication, female independence, and an unrestricted waistline. Conde Nast offers a gushing archive of 1920s Vogue covers including these jaunty ladies on-the-go from April 1929, March 1926 and March 1927.