Jazz Age Redux

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

With the economy in the gutter, the 1920s and 30s are making a comeback, mostly with the preponderance of oh-so complex and original headlines heralding 2009 as the new 1929.

On a much lighter note, I’ve also been feeling inspired by those years with news that the troubled house of Vionnet may finally be poised for a comeback, as well as the very Gatsby-esque setting of the 2009 Veranda designer show house at The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate.

Yesterday, WWD reported that Valentino’s former chairman Matteo Marzotti has bought the couture house of Vionnet. Madeleine Vionnet believed that "when a woman smiles, then her dress should smile too," and revolutionized fashion after she invented the bias cut in 1922. As you can see below, Vionnet’s designs were breath-taking and seem so poised for a modern update. The house has lost two creative directors in two years, so let’s hope this will be a turning point.

Meanwhile, I know I’m a little late to this party, but I finally got my hands on the March 2009 issue of Veranda featuring their third designer show house. According to the Web site, “Twenty-eight of the country's top designers participated in the event to benefit restoration of the English-gothic revival manor in Beverly Hills. The "great house at historic Greystone estate" gave many the opportunity to see the 1920s residence that is usually closed to the public.”

At 46,000 square feet, the 67 room home is the largest family estate in Beverly Hills and I’m pretty sure its grandeur and incredible excess could bring F. Scott Fitzgerald back from the dead to write another book, and a good one at that.

You can read more about the history of the estate here, also designer Katie Denham has an excellent write-up at her blog Katiedid.

A few of my favorite pictures below:

(Gentleman's Study by Peter Dunham)

(Cabinet de Curiosité by Martyn Lawrence Bullard)

(Her Guest Room by Elizabeth Dinkel)


Christina said...

the outside shots remind me of the Alhambra. very cool.

Erin said...

Ahhhh ... I love the guest room by Elizabeth Dinkel. Wish I could just clone that for my bedroom.

katiedid said...

Thanks so much for the mention! Peter Dunham is always a fave...and that bedroom is so very glamorous.

recessionistala said...

You can view larger and additional images of Elizabeth Dinkel's room, from her website located at:


alex216 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.