I'm making a few more miniature Flapper Dresses for our first art show, coming up July 27.
This one is from my favorite novel, The Great Gatsby. Like the others in my miniature Flapper series, this is a one-of-a-kind literary art piece from the pages of that salvaged novel.
The pearl appliqué at the top of the bodice mirrors the fabric ribbon at the dropped hem of the skirt, which is further elongated by fringe.
The back of the dress is stitched up with silver thread which complements the overall silver theme. Perhaps I should have made it gold for the Gilded Age? Each dress also comes with its own custom mini hanger. if you love the 1920s and The Great Gatsby, this is a perfect keepsake. If you happen to be in Maine, check out our upcoming show.
My latest Flapper Dress made from the pages of The Great Gatsby (a marked up book I'd saved from the thrift shop.) has the zigzag pattern of a vintage dropped waist dress with real fringe, beads and a bow.
What's cool about each one-of-a-kind dress is that it represents a certain scene in the book. On this altered book page, you can see bits of type where Fitzgerald describes Tom Buchanan. He's a sturdy, straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face, and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward … you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body.
The back of the bodice is laced up with black thread and each one comes with its own custom hanger.
Three dresses for my Flapper Series, with F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories and novels. Note: the older short stories have a yellowed patina due to the age of the book.
This one, a shorty, is experimenting with fringe and feather and silver bling.
This one, I just love. It's a sleeved dress with pearls and feathers from an unmarred page in a heavily marked up copy of The Great Gatsby, which I saved from the thrift bin. It is a beautiful book and deserves a beautiful tribute.
This one is from the post below.
These dresses and more like them will be for sale at Beyond The Sea in Lincolnville Beach. Custom dresses can be made and shipped throughout the U.S.: please contact me. All concepts, designs and photos are © Kay Stephens
I'm creating a new Flapper miniature dress series based on short stories from the 1920s. This one is made from my favorite author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair.
I like making these literary one-of-a-kind miniature art pieces to "Make America Read Again." Here is the original short story when it was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1920.
Each one comes with its own custom hanger. I'm going to be selling these through Beyond The Sea bookstore in Lincolnville, but if you have a store you'd like to consign these mini literary and fairy dresses through this summer contact me.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
Look up the story behind a fairy dress by clicking on the name below