“The bored haughty face that [Jordan] turned to the world concealed something…”
I’ve never been a flapper for Halloween and always wanted to be, but this year I’ll be more than just a flapper: my costume is inspired by Jordan Baker’s costume in the 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby, which I’m sure you know I’m obsessed with. I like the idea of my costume being semi-literature related, and the costume idea made me delve deeper into Jordan Baker’s character, and I realized I never paid her enough attention whenever I read Gatsby. Here’s a telling description of her:
Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible. She was incurably dishonest. She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body.
Jordan is a professional golfer, so a self-made woman in a way. She was suspected of cheating during a game, moving the ball from “a bad lie.” Interesting choice of words, huh? She spends a lot of time in the beginning of the novel with Nick Carraway, who is “half in love with her” but lets her go when he begins to realize that she’s a careless person too, just like Daisy and Tom Buchanan.
A lot of Jordan’s characterization is sacrificed in the movie, but with costumes like these, it’s hard to care:
I’m modeling my costume after her black dress, and I like that the clothes I’ve chosen don’t have a typical drop-waist silhouette. I have this irregular hem skirt and a halter top, along with a whole lot of jewelry. I’ve still got some shopping to do but I’ll post the costume here when it’s done! Can’t wait for Halloween…