The Great Gatsby’s Southern Connection

dailysouthsummer11 The Great Gatsbys Southern Connection

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Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan; Photo courtesy of

One way we’ll be beating the sweltering Southern summer heat is retreating to a cool, dark theater to watch a summer blockbuster. This Friday the remake of The Great Gatsby, the summer flick we’re most excited about, finally hits theaters. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and ethereal Brit Carey Mulligan, the film promises to bring the glamour of the 1920s into full swing. And we can’t wait to feast our eyes on it. (I mean just look at those costumes.)

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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald; Photo courtesy of Archivio GBB/CONTRASTO/Redux


While the classic novel and subsequent films are steeped in the glitz of the old-money Northeast (Long Island to be exact), we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the iconic work’s Southern connection. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, hailed from Montgomery, Alabama, where she was the daughter of a prominent judge and a darling of Southern society. After meeting Fitzgerald at a country club dance in Alabama, they eloped to New York City and she once again became a darling of the society set–this time the movers and shakers of the Big Apple’s Jazz Age.

Dubbed “the original American flapper,” Zelda both innovated and embraced the look of the roaring twenties: bobbed hair, straight-waist dresses, and hemlines above the knee. She also served as a muse for her husband’s female characters, including The Great Gatsby’s beautiful but contemptuous Daisy Buchanan. Like her real-life inspiration, Daisy has Southern roots hailing from none other than Louisville, Kentucky.

With The Great Gatsby once again the talk of the town, look for the flapper style pioneered by Southern belle Zelda to be au courant this season. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite Gatsby-inspired fashions. Happy summer flings!Screen shot 2013-05-08 at 9.20.50 AMDress: John Lewis; Feather Cuff: BHLDN; Shoes: Ivanka Trump at Macy’s Necklace: Bauble Bar; Clutch: Arden B.


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