Next week I have the pleasure of attending the grand re-opening of the Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The invitation says to show up in your ‘best 20s attire’ and it got me thinking about The Great Gatsby. Obviously, I love the fashion in that movie. Who wouldn’t? But how can I add a modern touch without losing the vintage elegance? That’s what I need to find out.
I have an idea of what I’m going to wear: a black sheath dress detailed with sewn-in roses, a black corset belt and strappy Tony Bianco heels. I want to go for a sort of gothic chic look. Like, a girl who has been forced into wear all these frilly dresses all her life and finally gets the chance to dress for herself. Yes, I have a whole back story.
I’ve always been fascinated with the 1920s. I love watching old movies, reading about the 20s and fantasizing about being born in another era. But I never thought I’d get to attend a party at the Crystal Ballroom! It was a massively popular place in the roaring 20s until the 70s – known as the ‘epicentre for Toronto’s colourful social scene’. And now it has the chance to be just that once again.
THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM | Getting ready for a 1920s themed ball with a modern touch
So, with the Crystal Ballroom having such an impeccable reputation, I need an outfit to match. I looked to my ultimate source: Vogue. (Also known as the fashion bible.) I stumbled across this photo shoot of Carey Mulligan from 2013 dressed as her on-screen persona Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. The style in that movie is everything dreams are made of.
You don’t have to go full-on vintage to get a chic 1920s look. A few choice details like drop-waists, brooches, cloche hats or feathers can do the trick. I’m thinking I might add a fascinator or some sort of head decoration to my look. I’m keeping it modern with the corset belt and strappy (very) high heels but I think the head piece could give it the right amount of old glamour.
I’ll finish off the look with a sequinned clutch (authentically vintage) and some 1920s-inspired make-up. Stay tuned for my post-Crystal-Ballroom-unveiling write-up and social media photos to see how it all turned out. I’ll definitely be posting some Instagram stories while I’m flapping the night away, so make sure to follow along here.
All photos courtesy of ‘The Inimitable Carey Mulligan’ in Vogue.