One of my favorite dramas at the moment is Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - if you aren't already a fan then here's a quick introduction to the series. Phyrne (pronounced Fry-on-ee) Fisher is a glamorous, independent female private detective, who assists the lovable Detective Inspector Jack Robinson on investigations around 1920s Australia, despite his reluctance. She always looks amazing, has a rapier sharp wit, and sashays around Melbourne equally at home in Jazz clubs as she is perching on Robinson's desk! Her adventures are as fabulous as her wardrobe, which leads us neatly onto her style. Here are some of my favorite of her looks, with tips on stealing some of her fabulous flapper fashions!
The Oriental Influence:
Oriental designs were incredibly popular during the 1920s, from embroidered kimono-style dressing gowns, to turbans and richly embellished exotic fabrics. Above: Miss Fisher entertaining company in her Chinese embroidered robe, and below a genuine 1920s vintage silk dressing gown with oriental design. Below: Antique Chinese embroidered coat from the 1920s
Below: 1920s silk embroidered robe
Genuine 1920s vintage kimono-style coat
Vintage designer evening coat in copper bronze and gold brocade by Fernando Sarmi
Hats and Headwear
To get a great 1920s look you'll need a sharp and sleek bob, but why not spice things up with a fabulous hat? The cloche was a really popular style in the 1920s, and quite often embellished with feathers, tassels or with a brooch pinned onto it. Although if you go for a gold cloche like the one below it probably doesn't need any extra embellishment! A dark cloche always looks elegant, especially if it has a beautiful Art Deco ornament pinned to it like this one
Vintage 1920s fur felt cloche with Deco ornament
Bold and beautiful prints were popular on day dresses during the 1920s, whether geometric or whimsical, patterns were a big trend!
Vintage 1920s pheasants and feathers print day dress
Feathers and Fur
Fur collars and feather stoles were a bit hit in the 1920s, for those who could afford them, and Phyrne of course can afford the very best. A white fur collar or scarf adds a luxurious edge to any 1920s outfit. This vintage white fox fur scarf (below) would be ideal.
Vintage white fox fur scarf
Alternatively you could opt for a coat with fur collar like Miss Fisher has above. Below: Vintage black coat with white mink collar and cuffs
Vintage black coat with white mink trim
Eveningwear: Chiffon, Metallics and Velvet
For an evening look, you can really have some fun with a 1920s outfit, embellishment was pretty much unlimited! From metallic thread, to beading and rhinestones it adds a real touch of glamour.
1920s blue velvet drop-waist gown
Violet and metallic vintage 1920s evening scarf