After our post about the NYPL, Mayra and I started chatting about some of our truly favorite books. We thought it would be kind of fun to do “inspiration” boards around our favorite novels.. the only problem is I apparently don’t like any novel that actual has a happy ending or doesn’t end in death. So, since everything I loved was equally “chipper”, my deciding factor was a site visit that we had earlier this week to the de Seversky Center, a Gold Coast mansion now nestled on the campus of NYIT. It was so evocative of one of my favorite novels from my teenage years, The Great Gatsby, that I went home to try and find my beat up copy from Mr. Faciano’s Senior AP lit class. (A testament to his teaching skills, I actually remember EVERY single book that we read that year and I actually think I have all of my original books). Found it I did and only after skimming it did I remember, “wow, that ending is kind of a downer.” BUT, you know what isn’t a downer? Jazz Age Glam, bootlegging whiskey and fancy mansions!
So, from left to right, we have a Paris Society by Max Beckemann, Harlem Renaissance Wedding by James VanDerZee, the De Seversky Center exterior, Retro Glam headpiece and gown by Johanna Johnson via Ruffled Blog , Josephine Baker, a fabulous Art Deco table setting, roaring 20’s glam bride, 20’s cafe society couple in Chanel, “The Figure 5 in Gold” by Charles Demuth, Flowers by Saipua and photo by Heather Waraska from our SMP photoshoot, Retro 20’s textile design (20th Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson), Glam pink bouquets, Gorgeous Jenny Packham gown.