I am, as you might have guessed super excited and hiring talent to sing, dance, and DJ in the style of the Roaring 20’s because I can think of nothing more apropos for my birthday celebration than a PRIVATE event commemorating a time when prohibition pushed the limits partying…causing an underground movement that give rise to achievements in creativity, the arts, and lifestyle.
Specifically, The 20’s saw the the birth of iconic personalities like The Newsboy, The Cigarette Girl, Chesterfield Girls, The Gangster…and…his naughty female counterpart:
“Flapper” in the 1920s was a term applied to a “new breed” of young Western women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers had their origins in the period of liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of the First World War, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe. – http://www.wikipedia.com
“Flapper” has it’s origins in a term used to describe a young bird just learning to flap it’s wings. In reality The Flapper was a lot more, she was brash…she represented the emergence of female sexuality as a force to be reckoned with…she was independent…sexy…and sassy!
As Halloween approaches I find myself pondering on the appropriate costume, with much more frustration than I ever did as a child. And I am realizing that as an adult Halloween doesn’t just have to be about throwing on a sexy outfit and downing massive quantities of alcoholic beverages and dancing the night away with like-minded friends (which it can still be of course), rather THIS YEAR I challenge you (and myself) to reach back into childhood, when you meowed in your kitty-costume or cackled as a witch…dig deep and really embody your costume…make it real!
With that mindset…I feel like THE FLAPPER is a lock…preparing you not only for a night of fun and fantasy but also imbuing it’s “wearer” with a sense of historical revolutionary spirit!
Happy Halloween…and don;t be afraid to DRESS IT UP on November 13th The Speakeasy…there will be MANY Flappers in attendance including…moi!