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Fashion in the 1920's: The Great Gatsby and American Dream

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Transcript of Fashion in the 1920's: The Great Gatsby and American Dream

The Era of Fashion 1920’s
This decade is mostly know for being called the “roaring twenties”
After WWI many morals and social customs began to be more relaxed and a fashion movement began
In this new era people were striving for riches by changing music, dancing, and fashion
The movement to new fashion trends was led by flappers, which were women smoked, drank, danced, wore tons of make-up, and went to petting parties. Flappers were people that pushed social norms and took risks.


Fashion in the 1920's: The Great Gatsby and American Dream
By: Sarah Mitchell 2B
Fashion Trends
Quotes on Fashion
"A breeze stirred the gray haze of Daisy's fur collar."(Fitzgerald 108)
Many trend became popular throughout the 1920's for both women and men.
Men:
Patterned ties or bow ties
"knickers"(balloon like short pants)
Sleek suits that were tightly fitted at wait
Lace-up shoes
Cufflinks
Women:
Cloche hats
Very loose or fitted clothing
Hair cut short
Furs and sparkling matierals (sequins)
Silk stockings that were patterned
Belts worn around hips
sports wear
Ankle strap button shoes
The American Dream and The Great Gatsby
The Dreams in The Great Gatsby
Significance of Fashion in The Great Gatsby
Primary Message of The Great Gatsby
One of many of the mains themes in The Great Gatsby was the American Dream in the 1920’s, and how the upper class people desired money and pleasure over everything else and the carelessness in using it. The main way Fitzgerald portrays wealth is through materialism in fashion, which helps display all social classes. This money needed for materialism is the culprit of the dreams death. At the end when Gatsby died the American dream dies with him, and not the American dream and all of its ideals have been replaced with money, greed, and materialism.
The dream in the 1920’s is on its down fall, instead of everyone being equal had now changed into people wanting to get as rich as possible. Also, people thought happiness could be bought when it can't. Wealth in the 1920’s was a time of materialism, where people valued and flaunted there wealth. Fashion was a very materialized thing that people very much wanted, which was seen throughout all of The Great Gatsby. Women in the 1920's pushed limitation through drinking, fashion and partying. The dream of wealth and greediness in people are the same in
The Great Gatsby
and American Dream in the 1920's The American dream of wealth in Great Gatsby is very corrupt.
•Jay Gatsby was a man of different social status than the wealthy, but trying to impress Daisy he became wealthy. He throw luxurious parties in his mansion and had a lavish lifestyle in upper class society. Gatsby yet didn't want to be wealthy. He wanted to be wealthy, so that he could impress Daisy and they would fall in love. In the end Gatsby doesn't get Daisy.
•Daisy is grown up her whole life with tremendous amount of wealth. Gatsby wanting her to love him again became wealthy to please her portrayed materialistic lifestyle. Daisy used fashion as away of showing off how wealthy she was and her high class.
The significance of fashion in the book is presented to show the difference in how the social classes dress and the wealth people publicize to others.
"Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in."(Fitzgerald 84)
This shows how Gatsby showed off wealth though fashion by wearing white, silver, and gold, which are colors that symbolize wealth and money.
"He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray."(Fitzgerald 92)
This quote explains materialism in fashion and how the upper class had the nicest shirts out there but never used them.
"Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in."(Fitzgerald 84)
This shows how Gatsby showed off wealth though fashion by wearing white, silver, and gold, which are colors that symbolize wealth and money.
"He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars."(Fitzgerald 75-76
This shows how much they would spend on material goods in the 1920's when $350,000 amount in today's time is worth much more more than $350,000.
Literary Elements
Fitzgerald uses imagery thought the entire book to help the reader visualize what is going on in the story.
Fitzgerald uses flashbacks many times throughout the story to go back to things that have already happened to predict what might happen or background information.
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