Robert Redford, Brooks Brothers and Stephen Colbert, or Why I love parties where you can smoke and drink

As I recently wrote on Facebook, I am old enough (yes, yes I know – I don’t look a day over 35) to have seen, and loved, the original Great Gatsby with a handsome, no dashing, Robert Redford. I was never a huge Mia Farrow fan, but Robert Redford …

robert-redford-great-gatsby-090110-xlg-600x300With everyone (including Stephen Colbert ), talking about this classic American novel, and with the film set to premiere this week, we’re feeling kind of Gatsby-ish ourselves.

We’d like to go to a party where you could grab a drink from a fountain of champagne glasses, swing your waist-length strand of pearls and then go cool down in the fountain. (If you wanted to drink something other than Champagne, you could try one of these Gatsby-inspired libations)

Original 1926 Art Deco Bal de L'Internat Party Invitation

Original 1926 Art Deco Bal de L’Internat Party Invitation

1920’s French Perfume Carton for Parfums Amiot…She looks like she’s dreaming of Jay Gatsby, don’t you think?

1920’s French Perfume Carton for Parfums Amiot…She looks like she’s dreaming of Jay Gatsby, don’t you think?

I haven’t yet seen the new Gatsby, but if the advance press is to be believed, it is not quite as … subtle as it’s predecessor. You can read a review of the movie here.

There are even folks who don’t like the book (Why I despise the Great Gatsby”), although others call it a classic of American literature. When I taught a course on poster history, I picked Gatsby as the quintessential Art Deco novel and was shocked to discover that it was no longer on most college reading lists… horrors!

1915 Original Men's Fashion Plate, Taylor Clothes Company

1915 Original Men’s Fashion Plate, Taylor Clothes Company

 

I love the idea of men wearing hats (and doffing them in the presence of ladies, of course) and suits, bowties… There are whole sections of Pinterest which now feature Gatsby-esque clothing and Brooks Brothers (which has HUGE product placement in the film) has come out with a remarkably expensive collection of haberdashery that is inspired by (and featured in) the film. As for me, I think the cigarette-smoking gypsy woman would keep Jay Gatsby interested for at least the length of an evening…

1931 Original French Art Deco Poster, Gitanes Cigarettes Advertisement - Dransy

1931 Original French Art Deco Poster, Gitanes Cigarettes Advertisement – Dransy

(In case you’d like to hear a bit of Jay Z’s take on Art Deco music, here’s a sampler of music from the film)

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