Gaga for Gatsby and Beaded Fringe

I'm currently going kind of crazy for all things Art Deco, especially the beaded-fringe flapper-style dresses of the 1920s. It all started when my long-time boyfriend bought these musty, dusty old theater seats at an auction.

These are the original seats from the historic Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland, Colorado, where we live. (Well, the theater was actually built in 1920 and contained 1,014 wooden bench seats; it was remodeled in 1935 and the wooden bench seats were replaced with 700 of these lovely pea green specimens that we eventually ended up with.)

Of course those seats had to be reupholstered almost immediately! (In maroon, naturally.) The next step was to demolish our downstairs family room, so that we could build a 1920s-style Gatsby-esque home theater, incorporating as many Art Deco touches as we could find (and afford).

           

   

The theater is currently under construction (here's a sneak peek), but we're planning a grand opening in grand style in a few weeks, with The Great Gatsby playing on the big screen, martinis flowing like water, and everyone encouraged to dress in period-specific clothing if possible.

Of course I've been obsessing over my outfit, hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes . . . you name it! I've finally settled on this dress from GatsbyLady. But if I had a few more weeks, I might consider embellishing my own black dress with beaded fringe, using the techniques that Jamie Cloud Eakin will be teaching in her Fringe, Glorious Fringe! web seminar on March 10.

         

If you'd like to learn how to make beautiful beaded fringe, sign up for Fringe, Glorious Fringe! The live webinar will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 10. If you can't make the live event, don't worry; registered participants will also receive a link to an archived version of the program.

Although I don't have time to make a beaded-fringe dress, I'm still considering making my own beaded-fringe headpiece!

Do you love the 1920s as much as I do? Have you used beaded fringe in any of your jewelry or clothing designs? I'd love to hear about it; please leave me a comment at the bottom of the page!

~Lavon Peters, managing editor, Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines

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