Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll probably have noticed that the much-anticipated Baz Luhrman version of The Great Gatsby is due to hit cinema screens soon. With an all star cast headed up by Leonardo DiCaprio, Luhrman’s distinctive cinematic style and the glitz and glamour of the roaring ‘20s as a backdrop, Gatsby is sure to become a style icon.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, the action follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island during the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns Midwesterner Nick Carraway who is lured into the lavish world of his neighbour, the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. Rather than being simply a riproaring look at the young and beautiful of the twenties, the story exposes the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await amidst his impractical passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

In an era filled with prohibition, gangsters and jazz, there’s plenty to want to revisit, but why is the bridal world getting so excited about it?

Well, thanks to the era’s social, cultural and artistic dynamism, the 1920s made a huge fashion splash with uninhibited glamour for the first time. From the cheeky, flirty flapper dresses that you’ll see throughout Luhrman’s Gatsby (that scandalized a whole generation with their daring knee length hemlines) to the floor-sweeping, dropped-waist elegance of liquid ballgowns, the 20s changed the face of fashion forever.

The contemporary wedding world has long been paying homage to vintage-inspired fashion and styling but with the release of the multimillion dollar Gatsby, the trend  seems to have plenty more mileage in it yet. Here at Perfect Day Bridal we’ve seen huge demand for the Charlie Brear 1920s dropped waist wedding dress as the flattering cut and silhouette instantly create an air of decadent glamour.

We’re also excited to see the full range of the Warner Bros’ costume department when it comes to an absolute treasure chest of accessories. The key pieces that we think would transfer well to the wedding aisle are definitely elaborate headpieces, outlandishly large feather fascinators and stoles, shawls or wraps in a variety of deluxe materials, from faux fur to velvet.

Whilst Jay Gatsby’s lavish demonstrations of love, wealth and success may not end well for him, we’re sure that the inspiration he’ll provide to legions of wedding aficionados with a penchant for gilded glitz and glamour will be worth its weight in gold.

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