WHAT BEGAN as a modest gathering of 1920s aficionadoes has grown to become the mother of all picnics: nearly a thousand authentically costumed people striving to turn the clock back and party like it’s 1929.
There’s no event more eagerly anticipated among members of the Art Deco Society of California than the annual “Gatsby Summer Afternoon,” held on a (usually) sunny Sunday each September on the sylvan grounds of Oakland’s Dunsmuir House and Gardens, a 40 acre estate nestled in the Oakland foothills.
If you’re going to attend the Gatsby, the first thing you’ll need is a vintage or vintage-looking outfit from the era. But note: nothing will make you stand out like a sore thumb more than wearing a cliche fringed or beaded flapper dress and headband. Save that for the speakeasies; it’s not propah ’20s day wear, dahling. The outfit shown here is perfect and quintessential Gatsby: a chiffon drop-waisted dress, T-strapped shoes with cotton lisle stockings and a cloche hat.