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!