1920s Fancy Dress

by Fluffleberry on December 31, 2012

My sister loves the 1920s era and held her 29th birthday pre drinks at Evans & Peel Detective Agency, the very cool speakeasy in Earls Court. Later she and her friends went on to the Candlelight Club, a clandestine cocktail bar in a secret location in London with a 1920s theme, to dance the night away. As usual I was on hand to style her and apply her make up. So here is my guide to partying like it’s 1929!


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Make Up

Applying the make up for a fancy dress or themed party is always fun. I see it as more akin to couture make up (rather than the type of look one might wear on a day to day basis) and I am exponentially more excited by fantasy than I am reality.

First of all I covered all blemishes with my Bobbi Brown foundation stick. Great for those with pale skin as I don’t believe in caking on foundation, but those of us who are challenged in the melanin department tend to get a bit blotchy or have visible thread veins around the nose and eyes that need covering. Once I had finished I applied some Laura Mercier invisible foundation to even and some water proof Chanel black eyeliner to begin the dark smokey eyes.

I really exaggerated all features, after all this was a night of fancy dress due to be held in candlelight, the perfect license to go for it with incredible make up. I used gold sparkly eye shadow around the inner eye and then used shades of grey and black to accentuate the eye. I drew on the eye brow above my sister’s in the thin arc that is so synonymous with the era but if I recreated the look in the future I might first erase her natural eye brows with skin coloured stage make up for added authenticity and drama. Similar to her lips I put a little foundation at the edges to create the cute heart shaped 1920’s lips (next time I intend to use stage make up) and painted on her lips in a dark plum Revlon lip stick, putting a little black lipstick where her lips meet in the middle. My sister applied her own mascara as we are both far too blinky to let someone else. Lastly I used some Laura Mercier invisible powder to set the make up and some blusher, just at the sides of her cheek bones to emulate women in the 1920s.

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It was so much fun dressing my sister for this party and experimenting with different looks and accessories. It all centred around her beautiful vintage, sparkly dress (which we held in place with boob tape to prevent a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor). As you can see from the photographs we thought about a band around the head and a feather but in the end settled on the turban (see my blog post “Hats I Made” for an alternative look). More original and very Death on the Nile. Suddenly we were in character and decided that our 1920s girl was filthy rich. Well, you’d have to be to have a suitably debauched party in the 1920s wouldn’t you?

At first my sister wasn’t sure about layering on all the pearl necklaces together but I think that’s part of the beauty of fancy dress, you can let your imagination go wild. We both agreed it added magic to the over all look. Her tights had a vintage style seam down the back of them and she wore some cute 1920s style dancing shoes. Her friend Christina bought her the crystal earrings for her birthday and we added long gloves and lots of sparkle. Perfect. She felt like a million dollars on her birthday and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Dress Vintage at Rocket, Pearl Necklaces by Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols, Turban by Cherry Chau, Earrings by Topshop, Gloves by Claires Accessories, Bracelets and Ring by Butler and Wilson, Tights by Wolford and Shoes by Repetto.

Photographs by jMedia

I will endeavour to procure some photographs from the night that followed and will post them soon. In the mean time Happy New Year everybody. I hope it brings you everything you wish for and more x

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