GIVEAWAY: The Great Gatsby DVD
The first time I read The Great Gatsby, I couldn't have felt more disconnected from the storyline. I was working in an orphanage in a poverty-stricken area of Kuala Lumpur, and at 17 years of age, I was barely older - and certainly no taller - than the children I was there to support.
In the pungent, sweaty slums of Malaysia, Fitzgerald's work was to me a form of escapism. In the doldrums of the middle-class Occident, it remains so. Even for the ostentatiously wealthy, I doubt The Great Gatsby could ever lose its fanciful appeal, except perhaps in the still nascent modernism of the Middle East. There's barely anywhere left where money and glamour still rule the world - for good reason, of course. But the logical pitfalls of inane affluence hold no sway on the human imagination.
It's this idea of fantasy and escapism that brings The Great Gatsby parallel to fashion, which tends to draw so heavily on the same concepts. Even if turn-of-the-century designs don't tickle your fancy (I'm with you there), you can see how the two go hand-in-hand.
It's no surprise, then, that I'm introducing a teaser for a Gatsby-inspired shoot, styled and conceived by incredible Adelaide makeup artist Larissa Jones. The final outcome is being published exclusively in new online rag Bloom magazine, but I couldn't help but release a few unedited sneaky peeks. (Speaking of Bloom, if you're an Australian teenaged girl, that's one you'll be wanting a subscription to! Look out for my fashion contributions there in future issues.)
Not enough Gatsby for you? Not to worry. I have 5 copies of the freshly released Great Gatsby DVD to give away to any Australian. Entry takes just 5 seconds!