Posted 10 years ago
This weekend, I attended the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, hosted by the Art Deco Society of California. The idea is to re-create an elegant afternoon 1920s party like the ones Jay Gatsby would host in F. Scott Fitzgerald's famed novel. Everything at the party, from the clothing to the cars, had to look or feel like the time between 1920 and the '40s pre-World War II.
Ian Fratar and Sherry Richert Belul are big fans of ballroom dancing to the likes of Fats Waller. Sherry is a hat collector herself with more than 100 hats now. They said they had fun thrifting and piecing together their outfits for the event. They also brought some lovely peacock feathers, tucked into their straw case.
The lovely Jacky Johnson, from Oakland's Youth Uprising, and her equally lovely sister, Gina, found their pretty vintage dresses at the Alameda Antiques Fair.
Lastly, yours truly. I borrowed this beautiful authentic '30s dress and hat from former San Francisco Chronicle Home & Garden editor Laura Thomas, who got these pieces from her aunts. The pearls were borrowed from wonderful Show & Tell poster metalorchid.