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Whilst I wouldn’t want you to think we’re not interested in current fashion here at Woman’s Weekly, (as if, you should only see me when I’m in full-on assult mode on the high street), I couldn’t agree more with, Anne Hartnett, when she wrote about her love of vintage fashion. Like Anne, I’m a big fan of 40s and 50s style, but the look that’s got me all of a flutter, or flapper, at the moment are the fabulously feminine clothes of the 1920s.

Twenties on television…

Downton Abbey

If you’re as much of a fan of Downton Abbey as I am, then you’ll know that the endlessly engaging story of the Crawley family and their staff has carried us through the terrible traumas of the First World War and into the social upheavals of the Roaring 20s.

I know I should be concentrating on the big issues, like women geting the vote and the partition of Ireland, but call me shallow when I admit the thing that beguiles my attention most are the clothes. They’re SO gorgeous! And not just the ones for the younger members of the cast. Shirley McLaine’s stellar guest appearance not only featured one of the best act-offs  on the small screen for many a year – the incomparable Maggie Smith more than met her half way – but her outfits were just as covetable as those of the younger actresses.

…on the big screen…


The Great Gatsby

Then there’s The Great Gatsby – I realised that the entertainment world in general is having a bit of a twenties moment. The costumes and styling of the film is as sumptuous as we had hoped. If you haven’t seen it yet, get the DVD and standby for a visual treat.