In the history of cinema, we all have our favourite male movie characters. With party season on the way, we’re looking at the most stylish character to grace the silver screen with his slick suit and undeniable sartorial navy.
Revisited the glorified Jazz Age by showing pastel separates reminiscent of lazy days in the Hamptons to lightweight suits composed of linen, Jay Gatsby’s ensembles are structure façade masking his inner turmoil and it’s a stylish one at that.
To jog our memory: it’s 1922, there’s a post-war boom, and Prohibition is in full effect. Set against the back drop of the upper crush Long Island Sound, there’s a love triangle, a decadent all-nighter, and scandals, all inspired by the incredibly beautiful, inimitably stylish, and ridiculously careless socialite Daisy Buchanan.
In the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald describes Jay Gatsby as a total clotheshorse. In one scene, Gatsby shows two other characters his collection of shirts, which he keeps “piled like bricks in stacks a dozen high.” He has ”shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel…shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavander and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue.”
Gatsby is the ultimate dandy. The guy’s closet is bigger than most New York City.
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