All that jazz – Roaring Twenties photo shoot!

Vintage Roaring Twenties costume

So between sourcing new stock, mending and cleaning the old and all the tasks in between I rarely get time to just have fun with our costume collection.  My kids are rebelling and won’t let me dress them up anymore (!) so this last week I pulled out our latest Roaring Twenties outfits.  Mannequins are very compliant (and don’t complain about being bored or hungry) but nothing beats the way a costume looks on a person.

A photo shoot is a great way to get gorgeous family photographs too.   You don’t have to wait to be invited to a costume party to dress up!  Why not organise a girl’s photo session?   Invite the besties over and have a little shindig while dressing up in some gorgeous frocks.  You will have a lot of laughs and end up with some lovely photos.  Sounds like a great way to waste a rainy weekend!

Black satin fringed Roaring Twenties flapper costume
Fringed flapper dress


I chose Roaring Twenties partly because we have been getting some new stock in.   Also so I could play with vintage filters.  (Oh so flattering and easy to wipe out lines and flaws!)  When using vintage filters I have found it is best to have slightly heavy make-up.  This will ensure eyes and lips are visible once the filters are applied.  Same principles apply as when doing stage make-up.  Apply with a heavy hand, to the point you don’t want to be caught in “natural” light!

The dresses……..

We only used two dresses in this shoot – one a gorgeous sequin number with art deco shapes the other with fringing.  While they are both great dresses it is the accessories that really bring this look together.  I used a lighter fur stole to add contrast to the dark colour of both dresses.  Black gloves were a given, black fishnet stockings, long pearls and a feathered headband also standard Roaring Twenties apparel.  The shoes were gorgeous designer items from Jennifer Hawkins – not historically correct but just fab anyway.

Black and gold sequinned flapper dress

I chose wigs to experiment with – both platinum shades which worked well with the vintage filter.  One is a classic flapper style in a Marcel wave with side part, the other a straight banged bob.  Wigs are not always easy to wear but using a headband is handy!

Roaring Twenties flapper costume

We had a lot of fun this day, it was different to get dressed up as I spend a lot of my time in track-pants now!  Thanks for looking at my blog!  If you are thinking of a Roaring Twenties costume check out our related posts for some more photos!

Party like it’s 1929! Get ready to Charleston in the Roaring Twenties…..

Get ready for a Roaring Twenties night!

“Gatsby believed in the green light….”  The Great Gatsby”,  F Scott Fiztgerald.

If you haven’t read “The Great Gatsby” then you need to go do it!  Such a beautiful  book, melancholic and romantic with glamorous parties thrown in!  Roaring Twenties is a hugely favourite theme and suitable for all sorts of occasions – I’ve seen some beautiful Twenties styling for weddings, 21st birthdays, hen’s nights and 29th birthdays (eg a “Leaving the Twenties!” bash!).  Roaring Twenties shows are even popular for How to Host A Murder dinner show themes.

Girls love Twenties looks – you get to stay glamorous and gorgeous as well as in-theme.  Guys love the ease of a black suit, black and white suit, white suit with coloured accents – what’s to hate about dressing as a Gangster?  If you have a black suit or even black dress pants, black shirt – just add coloured braces, coloured tie, fedora and maybe a Tommy gun.  Easy peasy!

Guys can also wear a tuxedo to channel their inner Jay Gatsby.  We have a large array of vintage tuxedos and accessories to match for the ultimate occasion.

We’ve been adding to our collection of Roaring Twenties costumes lately!

Fringed 1920’s Flapper dress

I just can’t help myself – I am obsessed by the gorgeous fashion of this time.  Now, the modern remakes are not historically accurate but still fun to wear!

Sequin Razzle Dazzle Flapper dress


Hot pink wig, feather headband, fringed Flapper dress
Sliver fringed Roaring Twenties flapper dress
Roaring Twenties bias cut evening gown, fur stole, gloves, long beads, beaded snood

Roaring Twenties shows are easy for guests of all ages to wear.  Over the years we have helped with countless Twenties shows and dressed up partiers from the age of 8 to 88 years!  We can always find something to stay in theme and stay in comfort for the whole night through – after all, a good party can mean to long party!

We have all the accessories needed to put the finishing touch on any Flapper or Gangster outfit.

From feather boas, to cigarette holders, to gloves, feather headbands and glitter lashes……..we have all sorts of items for a complete look.  Check out our store coming soon online or just send an email with any enquiries!

red deluxe boa

Black deluxe boa


long red gloves