When I was a preteen, I knew I wanted to be a flapper for Halloween. My mom was thrilled to have an easy costume to sew, and wow — I pulled off the costume with a wide grin and some red lipstick! I received compliments galore and felt like glamorous movie star. As I was an aspiring actress, something felt so reminiscent of classical Hollywood cinema when I wore my flapper costume. Today, with the release of the movie ”The Great Gatsby,” set in the 1920’s, flapper costumes, celebrating the jazz culture, are widely popular for Halloween. Recently, as I shopped for my daughter’s Halloween costume, I found a flapper costume designed for toddlers at a popular children’s retail store. While examining whether the costume was age appropriate for kids, I remembered how joyous my Halloween was when I dressed as a flapper.
Jazz Age Glamorized in Popular Culture
Actresses in the movie ”The Great Gatsby,” such as blonde actress Adelaide Clemens, pulled off a gorgeously relaxed jazz culture style with a glamorous perfection. Beautiful feather boas and glittery hair accessories showed that the characters of the movie were celebrating with a lively exuberance. In ”The Great Gatsby,” the movie glamorizes a party-going lifestyle that is examined as a very empty, meaningless life to live. Personally, I’ve always loved movies about the ’20s.
Another of my favorite movies about the roaring ”20s is ”Midnight in Paris,” as Gil (Owen Wilson) travels back in time when he meets numerous partygoers, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Ernest Hemmingway (Corey Stoll), Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) and more influential characters of the time. As I watched ”Midnight in Paris,” I was swept away by the beauty of the Parisian streets and the artistic influence of the characters. Personally, I loved the romance of traveling back to a time when artists and writers cavorted in Paris. While the beauty of the jazz age is romanticized in the movies, little attention is paid to the consequences that embracing partying would have had.
Controversy: Flapper Costumes for Kids
Flappers were known as the rebellious women of their time. Usually, flappers are portrayed in movies and artwork as women who party, smoke, and use foul language. As a parent, I question whether having a child dress up as a flapper for Halloween sends the wrong message. I feel that the costume is more appropriate for older girls. While toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary education students might come off as too mature wearing flapper costumes.
When Flapper Costumes Are Age Appropriate
When I wore a flapper costume, I was a middle school student, and I had a blast. Dressed as a glamorous flapper with a red dress and a black boa, I didn’t really comprehend how wild the flappers of the 1920s were. My posture in the photos of my costume is surprisingly confident, as I embraced being able to dress with beauty, style, and glamour, as a preteen seemingly ready to take on the world of adulthood. Now, as a mom, I’m considering hold off on having my child dress up as a flapper for at least another 10 years. My child should have the best influences in her world. Dressing my daughter as a partygoer of the wild jazz age might send the wrong message of embracing rebelliousness, when I want to teach that taking direction and listening to others are the most positive and cherished traits to have.