From the moment I saw the 1991 Disney movie The Rocketeer, I loved everything about it. The handsome hero and beautiful heroine, the dashing evildoer, the happy ending… And the style. I have to say that this was probably my first taste of Art Deco style. I wanted to be Jenny; not just because she ended up with the insanely handsome Cliff Secord (and “got to play a scene” with Neville Sinclair, who wasn’t so bad himself), but because she looked so glamorous.
My favorite scene, visually, is the one in the South Seas Club. Jenny is dressed in the most stunning white satin sweetheart-necked gown, with ruby red lips and hair perfectly coiffed. Neville, in his tuxedo, leads her down a wide staircase to the dance floor. The clamshell opens and the sultry singer begins the beguine. The whole place is gorgeously decorated in the Art Deco style, and is a perfect example of what I wanted a nightclub to be.
When I was planning my own wedding, my first inclination was to look for a dress like Jenny’s in The Rocketeer; I thought we’d have an elegant Art Deco-inspired affair. And when I found a local hotel with a clamshell band stage in the ballroom, I was over the moon. We ultimately decided to focus on another location and another design, but if I had my wedding to do over I think I’d have to find a way to make this inspiration board a reality (minus, perhaps, the leather jacket!). I didn’t like any of the printed materials I found to go with this inspiration board; guess I’ll have to work on some! 🙂
Image credits (clockwise, from top left): Connect.in, Hibiscus Florals, Run Do Not Walk, Unique Vintage, Garethr1’s Flickr Stream, Wedding Things, Your Stupid Minds, SaucefortheGoose’s Etsy Shop, Cake image was not properly credited on any site I found (I think it’s originally from Martha Stewart Weddings but can’t find the original source – there are TONS of secondary sources though), Alfred Angelo (dress #7069 in Celadon).